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Indian degrees to hold equal value in UAE soon

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The UAE government is soon going to issue equivalency to all Indian degrees that match the set criteria.

The move will be a huge relief for Indian expats facing difficulty in getting jobs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Indian Ambasador Navdeep Singh Suri called on UAE Education Minister Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi recently to discuss problems faced by Indian nationals following rejection of equivalency of some Indian degrees due to lack of clarity over internal/external marks, according to a communique of the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

“The Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi is happy to inform the Indian community that following the above discussions, the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates notified that it has no objection to equivalence those degrees that meets all other certificate equivalency criteria,” The official communique added.

The UAE education ministry reviewed the information provided to it through the “Action Plan for Academic and Administrative Reforms” issued by the University Grant Commission. It clarified that the word “external” in some of the Indian mark sheets reflect the method of evaluation and not place of study, it said.

“Those applications that have been rejected previously will be reviewed and equivalency letters would be issued after meeting all other certificate equivalency conditions,” it added.

The Indian community is the largest expatriate community in the UAE. Approximately 3.3 million non-resident Indians constitute about 30 percent of the total population of the Gulf country.

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