The University Grants Commission (UGC) would issue a set of enabling regulations to allow top ranked foreign universities to open their campuses in India, he said. A self-regulatory framework for foreign HEIs could be developed to promote their establishment and operations in India. A committee has been set up by the UGC on the different modalities of recognition of foreign qualifications in India.
UGC Chairman Prof. M Jagdesh Kumar hosted a meeting with Sarah Storey, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, during which the two sides exchanged views to promote effective collaboration between the two countries account given that education has been recognized as one of the priority sectors for cooperation by the leadership of India and Australia.
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“The talks are expected to give greater impetus to academic collaborations between Australia and India in higher education and research,” the commission said. The two parties also decided to organize an online workshop.
The meeting was also attended by Mathew Johnston, Minister Counselor (Education and Research) – South Asia and Brett Galt-Smith, Counsellor, Education and Research, Australian Government on 3 June.
Prof. Kumar briefed the Australian side on the various progressive initiatives taken by UGC and the Government of India for the internationalization of the Indian higher education system as mentioned in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Further, he shared the main features of the UGC. regulations on academic collaboration between Indian and foreign universities to offer twinning, joint degree and dual degree programs, reads the official press release.
“The Australian side appreciated the introduction of UGC’s long-awaited academic collaboration regulations and said it would encourage Australian higher education institutions to collaborate with Indian HEIs within the framework of these regulations,” he said. said the UGC.
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Separately, the Australian side has also expressed interest in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT). The UGC will help Australian universities to set up their campuses and offer courses in various fields such as financial management, fintech, science and technology, engineering and mathematics in the city of GIFT, said the professor Kumar.
Both parties shared their commitment to launch twinning, joint degree and dual degree programs by the start of the next academic term. The creation of a digital university was also discussed, which will provide a platform for various universities, including foreign ones, to provide an affordable and world-class teaching-learning ecosystem. The two parties have also agreed to work together to ensure the quality of the delivery of online university programs.
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