Vikash Sharma

The interest of students is of paramount importance and hence the University Grants Commission (UGC) has been issuing regular updates informing about the trends as well as issues which may have serious impact on the fate of the students.

In its latest notice, the UGC has warned students to be cautious regarding the courses offered by higher educational intuitions (HEIs) or EdTech companies on agreements with foreign-based educational institutions.

It is pertinent to mention here that UGC had notified the University Grants Commission (Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Higher Education Institutions to offer Twinning Programme, Joint Degree, Dual Degree Programmes) Regulations, 2022 and University Grants Commission (Setting up and Operation of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India) Regulations, 2023.

The Regulations mandate that, ‘No Foreign Higher Educational Institution shall offer any programme in India without the prior approval of the Commission. The regulations also mandate that the HEls shall not offer programnnes under any franchise arrangement and that such programmes shall not be recognised by the UGC.’

UGC has found that several HEls/colleges have entered into collaborative agreements/arrangements with foreign-based educational institutions/providers not recognized by the Commission and have been facilitating the issuance of degrees to the students enrolled in those institutions/college from such foreign-based educational institutions.

UGC has clarified that any such kind of collaboration/ arrangement is not recognized by the Commission and accordingly the degrees issued subsequent to such collaboration arrangement are also not recognized.

Apart from this, UGC has found that some EdTech companies are giving advertisements in newspaper, social media, television etc. offering degree and diploma programmes in Online modes in association with some foreign universities/institutions.

“Such a franchisee arrangement is not permissible and any such programme/degree shall not have UGC recognition. Action will be also be taken against all the defaulting EdTech companies as well as the HEls under applicable laws/rules/regulations,” UGC said in its notice.