New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Professor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar interacted with Media over the Setting up and Operation of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in India. The UGC Chairman has stated that the foreign institutions will operate their functions as per the guidelines framed by the Commission and the Indian laws. They have to maintain annual reports and accounts as per the rules and laws of India.
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In order to set up campuses in India, foreign HEIs must register online through the UGC’s website. Institutions from abroad are required to establish their campuses in India within two years and become operational within 45 days of receiving final approval from the Commission. The UGC approval will be valid for 10 years. In the last year (after 9 years of operation) the institutions can apply for renewal after submitting their performance report and verification by the Commission.
To the safeguard of interest of students, the Foreign HEIs are not allowed to discontinue any programme or campus without prior approval from the UGC. In case any institution fails to adhere or violate the regulations drafted by the Commission, the penalty will be imposed on it for the same or the cases as may be and UGC holds the right to suspend the functions of such HEIs.
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As per the UGC draft, the Foreign HEIs will be categorised on the basis of their ranking among the top 500 universities in the global world ranking and the foreign institution which are not participants in the global ranking but are highly reputed in their country. Foreign institutions must fulfil the eligibility criteria mentioned by the UGC to set up campuses in India. However, these institutions can only set up campuses in India after getting approval from the Commission.