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Need UK degree to be recognised in India? Take 6 months bridge course

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Here is a new rule for those who study in UK (United Kingdom) and return to India. The 1-year Postgraduate degrees from UK will be recognised in India only after the candidate undergoes a bridge course of 6 months duration.

The decision was made by the HRD Ministry of India on October 30, 2013, in a meeting chaired by the Higher Education Secretary, Ashok Thakur and attended by the UGC (University Grants Commission) chairman Ved Prakash along with senior ministry officials.

An official said, "By taking up 6 month bridge course in India, their qualification will be valid for further academic pursuit like PhD, apply for any government based jobs, appearing for the National Eligibility Test (NET)."

The main reason behind this decision is that, India does not recognise one-year degrees, and Indian varsities award a Master Degree only after a course of 2 years duration.

UK degree recognised after bridge course in India

The spokesperson from UGC and HRD Ministry said, "The bridge course will be offered at selected varsities in order to enable students cover the required course content for validating their foreign degrees. Currently, more than 26,000 Indian students are studying master's degree in the UK, majority of them are in one year courses."

According to source, the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), the British agency which carried out the study, said the one-year master's degree was like the two-year degrees offered by Indian universities, and should be considered valid.

The study was based on several criteria such as learning outcomes, course duration, content, research requirements, assessment methods and quality.

The HRD ministry set up another committee to examine the NARIC findings. That committee rejected the suggestions saying Indian degrees covered a wider curriculum, including a larger number of core subject areas.

The Association of Indian Universities, the agency that gives equivalence to foreign degrees, has accepted the UGC formula.

After completing the bridge course, students can pursue further studies or appear for the National Eligibility Test, conducted by the UGC, to appoint assistant professors in universities and colleges, the source added.

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