NEW GUIDELINES OF UGC (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Governance)

News-CRUX-10     10th November 2023        

Context: The University Grants Commission (UGC) recently notified the final regulations that will allow foreign universities to set up campuses in India with complete autonomy.

Highlights of Regulations

  • Approval: Foreign Higher Education Institutions (FHEIs) must obtain approval from the UGC before establishing Indian campuses, offering any program, or discontinuing any course or program.
  • Program Standards: FHEIs are not permitted to offer programs that do not conform to the standards of higher education in India.
  • Eligibility: FHEIs are eligible if they are ranked within the top 500 in global rankings, either overall or in specific subjects.
  • If they possess exceptional expertise in a particular area.
  • Qualifications: Qualifications granted and the quality of education in FHEIs' Indian campuses must be equivalent to those awarded in their home jurisdiction.
  • Program Modes: FHEIs are not allowed to offer programs in online or open and distance learning modes.
  • Autonomy: FHEIs are granted autonomy to determine the admission process and criteria, recruit faculty and staff, and establish a transparent and reasonable fee structure.
  • Restrictions: The operation of FHEIs in India must not be in conflict with the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, or friendly relations with foreign States.

University Grants Commission

  • Established in 1956, this statutory body's primary responsibilities include the coordination, determination, and maintenance of higher education standards in India.
  • Function: Granting recognition to universities and colleges across the country.
  • It is responsible for disbursing funds to the universities and colleges that have received recognition.
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