Students of Indian educational institutes will now have to study two semesters of undergraduate and one semester of post graduate degrees abroad, says United Grant Commission (UGC) in its decision to amend the existing guidelines.
The amendment requires that domestic educational institutes that enter into tie-ups with foreign institutes will have to ensure the above.
The decision to amend the existing guidelines was taken on Wednesday.
As per the decisions, Indian institutes which get top accreditations will now be able to approach the UGC to seek its nod for entering into academic tie-ups with highly-rated education institutions abroad.
This is reversal to the previous norm which mentioned that only foreign institutes could seek permission for academic collaborations.
The name of the foreign institute will be mentioned on the degree certificate for such courses.
The minimum degrees of collaboration have also been specified in the norm as per which at least one semester for post-graduate degrees and two semesters for under-graduate degrees have been specified.
A window of one year has been provided for institutes, which already have a global partnership, to get their pacts approved by UGC.
As per officials the MoUs will provide sufficient autonomy to the institutions as students from foreign institutions will also be allowed to come to Indian campuses under these norms.
Guidelines for collaborations had been previously brought out in 2012 during the previous regime but they had not attracted any proposals