Creation of 25 additional places for foreign students in universities and higher education establishments: new directives from the UGC

Higher education institutions across the country will now be allowed to create up to 25% supernumerary seats for international students and must adopt a transparent admissions process for them, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said on Friday. .

The draft “Guidelines for Admission and Supernumerary Seats of International Students in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs in Tertiary Institutions in India” was put in the public domain last month to seek input. comments and has been notified now. “Higher education institutions can create up to 25% supernumerary places for international students, in addition to their total number of sanctioned enrollments for undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The decision on supernumerary seats shall be made by the higher education institutions concerned in accordance with specific guidelines and regulations issued by regulatory bodies taking into account infrastructure, faculty and other requirements,” the guidelines state. . “Indian HEIs may admit international students on the basis of equivalence of entry qualifications they hold. Equivalence shall be determined by UGC or any other body recognized by UGC for such purpose or bodies regulators of the country. HEIs may adopt a transparent admissions process for the admission of international students,” the guidelines state.

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Explaining the admission criteria for the admission of international students, UGC President Jagadesh Kumar said universities will be free to choose their admission policy. “Universities are free to choose the admission policy for foreign students. The UGC has not stipulated such an entrance examination for the admission of foreign students,” Kumar told PTI. UGC has clarified that the 25pc of supernumerary seats for international students will not include international students under exchange programs or/and through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between institutions or between the Indian government and other countries.

“Depending on the availability of infrastructure and qualified teachers, efforts should be made to distribute these 25% of places between all departments, schools, centers or any other academic unit of the higher education institution. wherever possible. Supernumerary places are exclusively for international students in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. “A vacant seat in the supernumerary category will not be allocated to anyone other than an international student. International students in this context should be defined as those who must possess a foreign passport,” the guidelines state. The creation of supernumerary places for international students should be formalized by way of approval of the statutory body/bodies of HEIs in accordance with the guidelines/regulations issued by regulatory bodies from time to time. Supernumerary seats in professional and technical institutes are regulated by the respective statutory bodies.

”Supernumerary seats for the doctorate. the programs are governed by the regulations notified by the UGC from time to time in this regard. All HEIs must have an “Office for international students”. Year details such as country, number, programme/subject, duration, etc., regarding international students in the HEI should be kept by the HEI and made available on their website. “Full details regarding the number of places available for international students in each program, the prescribed fees for it, the admission process, eligibility requirements, etc. shall be made available on the website of the HEI,” the guidelines state.

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