UGC plans to increase international reach
Universities and higher education institutions across the country are now allowed to create up to 25 percent additional seats for foreign students in their undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programs, UGC chairman Jagadesh Kumar has told PTI. There will be no entrance exams for these admissions, Mr Kumar said, adding that the decision was taken last week at a University Grants Commission (UGC) meeting to discuss the “internationalization of UG and PG programs in India”. .
The excess seats will be created on top of the total sanctioned strength and the decision on these seats will be made by relevant higher education institutions (HEIs) according to specific guidelines and regulations issued by the regulatory bodies that regulate the infrastructure, faculty and other requirements in take into account. “Indian HEIs may admit international students on the basis of the equivalence of the entry qualification they hold. Equivalence must be determined by UGC or any other body recognized by UGC for that purpose or the relevant regulatory bodies of the country. transparent admission process for admitting international students,” the president of the UGC told PTI.
“HOIs can create up to 25 percent additional seats for international students, on top of their total sanctioned enrollment in undergraduate and postgraduate programs.” The decision on 25 percent excess seats should be made by the concerned higher education institutions as per specific guidelines/regulations issued by the regulatory bodies taking into account the infrastructure, faculty and other requirements,” he added.
The excess seats for international students do not include the international students under exchange programs and through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between institutions or between the Government of India and other countries. The HEIs will also be allowed to admit international students through a transparent admission process like that done by the foreign universities and that these students will not have to go through the admission process used for admission in India.
“The seats are exclusively intended for international students in both bachelor’s and postgraduate courses. A seat that has not been filled in the redundant category will not be awarded to anyone other than an international student. International students in this context are defined as the one who will hold a foreign passport,” explained Mr Kumar.
The committee has decided that the provision for the creation of excess seats for international students should be formalized through approval of the higher education institution’s statutory body in accordance with the guidelines and regulations issued from time to time by the regulatory authorities. “The redundant seats in professional and technical institutes are managed by the respective statutory bodies. All details regarding the number of places available for international students in each program, the fee prescribed therefor, admission procedure, admission requirements etc. are made available on the website of the HOI,” he said.
According to data from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a total of 23,439 foreign students arrived in India in 2021. However, the number used to be higher in pre-pandemic years. In 2019, more than 75,000 international students had come to India for higher studies. “Internationalization of higher education is an essential aspect of the National Education Policy 2020 and helps to integrate the international and intercultural dimensions in higher education,” said Kumar. “The opportunities to attract international students, academics and funding are growing and many Indian higher education institutions are now committed to expanding their international reach,” said Mr Kumar.
“In order to facilitate the internationalization of Indian higher education institutions, the UGC has established the guidelines for admission and the creation of redundant seats for international students.” The main objectives of these guidelines are to facilitate smooth and easy admission of international students in institutions for to facilitate higher education from India, to create a favorable environment for attracting international students to the Indian higher education system, and to make India a preferred destination for international students,” he added.
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