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UGC extends the deadline for feedback regarding foreign universities’ campuses in India

The deadline for feedback on the drafts of the University Grants Commission for the establishment of foreign university campuses in India was extended today by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The UGC sought views from stakeholders on the proposed University Grants Commission (Setting up and Operation of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India) Regulations, 2023, in a notice that was published on January 5. The deadline for the same has now been extended to February 3, 2023.

This decision was made after the Commission received stakeholder requests to extend the deadline for providing feedback, recommendations, and comments on the draft. The deadline for stakeholders to send their suggestions and feedback to is currently February 3.

UGC Chief M. Jagadesh Kumar released guidelines for foreign institutions setting up campuses in India at the start of the new year. According to the guidelines, only foreign universities that have received approval from the University Grants Commission will be permitted to open campuses in India.

Additionally, they will only be granted approval for a 10-year period. To apply, these institutions must either rank among the top 500 or be “highly reputed” in their own countries (if the varsity does not participate in global rankings). The institutions will only be allowed to build up their campuses for those listed subjects if their ranking is between 500 and 100 but their subject wise ranking is higher than their overall ranking.

Additionally, all foreign universities that open branches in India will only be permitted to conduct offline classes; that is, they can only provide full-time programmes in physical mode.

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