The UP is working on twinnings, joint degrees with foreign universities

Seeking to facilitate students’ study abroad, Panjab University (PU) has initiated the process of academic collaboration with foreign universities.

The university recently asked its departments to identify and forward the names of two overseas universities they would like to collaborate with to the Dean’s Office for International Students. Departments were invited to express their interest in offering a degree or qualification in collaboration with a foreign university.

The move comes after the University Grants Commission (UGC) in May notified its UGC (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions to Offer Twinning, Joint Degree and Dual Degree Programs) Regulations, 2022 .

Matchmaking courses encouraged

Deepti Gupta, Dean of International Students at PU, said UGC has started a long-term process of improving higher education by allowing and encouraging Indian universities to partner with foreign universities for programs. of twinning.

“The twinning and semester abroad programs will definitely raise the bar for Indian education. PU has already initiated twinning courses with its overseas partners and they are expected to materialize soon,” she said.

The regulatory body has authorized academic collaboration between Indian and foreign colleges to offer three different types of degree programs – dual, joint and twinning degree programs – to Indian and foreign students. UGC’s approach is in line with the recommendation of the National Education Policy (NEP-2020).

Welcoming the initiative, Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) President Mritunjay Kumar said departments could benefit, adding, “Departments can collaborate with good tertiary institutions abroad and can also attract good students. it will also be a good step to improve the perception of the University.

What are the UGC regulations?

The instance marks the first time that joint degrees have been allowed, but regulations allowing some of these initiatives were first announced in 2012 and amended in 2016. Previous versions, however, have not attracted many takers. .

Under its new regulations, the UGC has also set out eligibility criteria for Indian and foreign higher education institutions for collaboration. Any Indian tertiary institution must have a minimum National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) score of 3.01 or be in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) university category top 100 or in the top 1000 from Times Higher Education or QS World. University ranking.

Foreign universities, on the other hand, must be in the top 1000 of the Times Higher Education or QS World University rankings to be eligible.


    Dar Ovais is a Chandigarh-based correspondent for the Hindustan Times covering higher education.
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