PU working on twinning, joint degrees with foreign universities

Punjab University (PU), which is looking to facilitate the study of students abroad, has started the process for academic collaboration with foreign universities.

The university recently asked its departments to identify and forward the names of any two foreign universities that would like to collaborate with the Office of the Dean’s International Students. Departments were told to indicate their interest in granting a degree or qualification in collaboration with a foreign university.

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

Twin education is encouraged

Deepu Gupta, PU’s dean of international students, said UGC has embarked on a long-term reform process for higher education and has given permission and encouragement to Indian universities to work with foreign universities for binary programs.

“Twin and semester programs abroad certainly raise the bar of Indian education. PU has already begun twin courses with its overseas partners and they should be solidified soon, ”he said.

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

Appreciating this initiative, Punjab University Teachers Union (PUTA) president Mritunjay Kumar said the departments could benefit from this: “Departments can collaborate with good institutions of higher education abroad and attract good students. This is a good step to improve the perception of the university.

What are the UGC Regulations?

This instance marks the first time that joint degrees have been approved, but some of these initiatives were approved in 2012 and modified in 2016. However, previous versions have failed to attract many takers.

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

Foreign universities, meanwhile, must be in the top 1000 of the Times Higher Education or QS World University ranking to qualify.


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