Indore: After Governor’s push, DAVV plans to tie-up with foreign varsities

Indore: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) is planning to tie-up with some foreign universities, days after Governor and Chancellor Om Prakash Kohli suggested it for the same.

“Going by the advice of the Chancellor, we have decided to try to collaborate with foreign universities so that our students and faculty members can get global exposure,” said vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad.

He said that the DAVV would soon constitute a panel of senior professors which would search for suitable offshore universities for academic collaborations.

During convocation ceremony on last Thursday, the Chancellor had stated that the DAVV is the leading university of the state and it should look forward to collaborate with top national and international universities.

As the DAVV is Grade A accredited university by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, it can tie-up with foreign universities as per amended regulations of University Grants Commission.

“We are excited about foreign collaboration because amended regulations have made it mandatory for Indian university, entering into collaborations with foreign counterpart, to send their students to study at offshore university for at least two semesters in case of an undergraduate programme and one semester in a postgraduate programme. Such agreement will give our students international exposure during their degree courses itself,” Dhakad said.

He further said that the UGC has relaxed the collaboration norms with allowing Indian universities to approach offshore counterparts for partnership, a move which would improve quality of education at partner universities by learning from each other through exchange and other programmes.

Earlier, the regulations would only allow foreign universities to approach their Indian counterparts for academic collaborations.

But the amended regulations permitted the Indian varsities also to enter into partnerships with offshore universities but via UGC.

Indian universities with Grade ‘A’ accreditation from NAAC could seek permission from the UGC for tie-ups with offshore universities. Similarly, the partnering university abroad should have also secured the best grade from the accreditation agency in its home country.

No joint degree permitted

Within the country degree of the student graduating from Indian university, in collaborative arrangement with foreign university, would be awarded only by Indian university and not by foreign partner whatsoever. Joint degrees are not permitted. The degree awarded by the Indian university would carry its logo, seal and name alone as the awarding institution. The degree may incorporate a para that it is being awarded in collaboration with foreign university to make it amply clear that the primacy and the award of the degree is by the Indian university and that the degree awarded is not to be construed as a joint degree.

The transcripts of credits obtained at the foreign university shall be issued by that university, and when jointly signed by the Indian university, would form part of the transcripts. The foreign university may also sign the transcript of credits earned in the Indian university.

UGC will process application within two months

Indian universities which already have a collaborative arrangement will have to apply for permission from UGC within six months. These varsities, if are not accredited with Grade A from NAAC, will get one year to secure top rating.

All applications received by the UGC will be addressed within a month and processed in two months. The applications will be judged based on the infrastructural facilities, student-faculty ratio, course fee and curriculum of the Indian and foreign partner. The Indian universities partnering with foreign counterparts would have to upload MoA on their websites.

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