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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities across the country to set up an office for international affairs in their respective campuses.

In a letter, UGC secretary Rajnish Jain has asked the vice-chancellors of universities to taken necessary steps for setting up the international affairs office and share information by February 15, 2021.

It is pertinent to mention here that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 lay emphasis on expanding the global outreach of Indian Higher Education Institutions by promoting India as a global study destination.

The Policy also focuses on intensive academic and research collaboration with foreign Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs).

“The establishment of office for international affairs in each university will be an integral part of internalization of higher education in India,” the UGC letter read.

The office for international affairs will be responsible for undertaking the following activities:

-To coordinate all matters relating to welcoming and supporting foreign students.

-To disseminate information related to admission process among prospective foreign students.

-To engage in promotional activities and brand building campaign abroad.

-Single point contact for carrying out all collaborative activities with foreign institutions.

-Act as a liaison body between the foreign students and the sponsoring agency.

-To address the grievances of foreign students in all matters.

-To facilitate networking with fellow students.

-To extend all possible help to foreign students to adapt to the new cultural environment and make their stay in India comfortable and enriching.

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