Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Irani recently announced that the educational institutes in India can now collaborate with different foreign institutions for undergraduate courses.
“For the first time in the history of our country, the government of India has allowed our institutions to tie up with foreign institutions for degree programmes for undergraduate courses,” Irani shared at the fourth convocation program of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata at Mohanpur campus in Nadia district.
She further stated that now the students will have the option of pursuing two semesters in foreign institution in undergraduate courses and one semester in postgraduate courses. “For undergraduate courses students now have a choice, in conjunction with their mother institute in India, to pursue two semesters overseas in a FEI and one semester in post graduate courses while still tied to their mother institute here,” Irani stated.
Let us have a look at the two key benefits this decision is likely to yield:
There is no doubt that the collaboration of the top rated Indian institutes with reputed educational institutions around the globe will help in enhancing their quality of education further. This move by the government will thus help in improving the quality of higher education imparted in the country.
The decision by the HRD ministry will also broaden the scope for the students. Many working professionals are required to prove their knowledge and ability by clearing exams in foreign countries so as to acquire a job there. However, with this latest move their knowledge and scope for work will not be limited only to their homeland.
The certificate awarded to the students at the completion of the course will have the name of
both the parent and foreign institute. The degree shall be given by the Indian educational institutions. Joint degrees will not be given to the students.