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News on Education 17 ArdorComm Media Group UGC Directs Higher Education Institutions to Restrict Enrolment of Foreign Nationals in Online Programs

UGC Directs Higher Education Institutions to Restrict Enrolment of Foreign Nationals in Online Programs

-By ArdorComm News Network

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a notice to all higher education institutions, instructing them to avoid admitting foreign nationals into open and distance learning (ODL) programs. This directive aligns with the eligibility criteria outlined in UGC regulations Annexure III, which specify that only students residing in India are eligible for enrolment in ODL programs.

According to regulation 23 of the UGC ODL Programmes and Online Programmes Regulations, 2020, learners residing in any part of the country may enrol in programs offered by recognized higher educational institutions. However, all activities related to learners, including admissions, contact programs, and examinations, must be conducted strictly within the territorial jurisdiction of the institution.

The notice also references a notification from the Ministry of Home Affairs, which states that no student visa will be issued to foreign nationals sponsored by certain educational institutes, including franchise educational institutes, off-campus centers, and study centers of open universities offering distance learning programs without statutory sanction from regulatory authorities.

As a result, higher education institutions recognized to offer ODL programs are directed not to enrol any foreign nationals in such programs. Only learners residing in India are permitted to be enrolled in ODL programs, in compliance with the territorial jurisdiction defined in UGC regulations.

 

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