This regulation will only apply to conventional degrees offered in physical mode. Matches have been limited among HEIs that feature in the top 1,000 of the Times Higher Education or QS World University rankings. Indian institutions that have a minimum score of 3.01 on a 4-point scale of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) or in the top 100 of the university category of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) are also eligible for the partnership.
In accordance with the Regulations on Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions to Offer Twinning, Joint Degree and Dual Degree Programs, 2022, which UGC is likely to notify in the coming week, for the dual degree, students must earn at least 30% of the total credits of the Indian institution. For a joint degree program, the degree will be issued by the Indian HEI and the foreign HEI will issue a certificate.
The “programme shall be a collaborative agreement whereby students enrolled in an Indian HEI can undertake their study program partly in India and partly in the foreign HEI” and “the degree offered under these match should be awarded only by the Indian HEI”. , says the rules.
UGC Chairman, M Jagadesh Kumar said it would provide access to “high quality education” for Indian students in India through a collaborative mechanism. “It will also provide a great opportunity for our students to gain a multidisciplinary education through an internationally relevant curriculum. Thanks to this multidisciplinary training and the additional skills that our students can acquire through twinning programs or joint degrees or diplomas, the employability of students will be enhanced. And that is also true for foreign students when they come to study here,” Kumar added.
As per the regulations, the degrees will be equivalent to any corresponding degree issued by Indian HEIs, and it will no longer be necessary to seek equivalence from any authority. Although no fee cap is mentioned in the regulations, it is specified that “the fees[…]will be made public at the time of admission”.