UGC Warning to EdTech: A warning from the University Grants Commission (UGC) has been sent to Indian EdTech companies against offering online degree programs in conjunction with international universities without authorization.
A scathing advisory from the University Grants Commission (UGC) warned students and educational institutions against enrolling in or delivering courses with overseas universities and EdTech platforms that are not recognized. The UGC is committed to the integrity and quality of Indian higher education.
HEIs and colleges in India are partnering with international education providers without the commission’s recognition, as highlighted in the latest UGC notification. These relationships, often culminating in degree programs, violate UGC Regulations, which require foreign higher education institutions to obtain UGC clearance before offering programs in India.
Further, the UGC Warning to EdTech forbids HEIs from franchising program delivery to foreign firms. These practices violate UGC norms and compromise the legitimacy of HEI degrees.
As a result of this, many HEIs/colleges have been issuing degrees from foreign-based educational institutions/providers that are not recognized by the Commission. Commission will not recognize degrees earned by unauthorized cooperation or arrangement.
Students and educational institutions must carefully check foreign universities and programs’ accreditation status before entering into joint relationships. The UGC protects students’ academic interests and career opportunities by ensuring they follow recognized and acknowledged education pathways in India and abroad.
The UGC’s warning urges HEIs and students to follow regulatory norms and be diligent in academic cooperation. This UGC decision is crucial to maintaining higher education standards in India and ensuring students receive valid degrees.
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