The UGC- University Grants Commission, exercising the powers conferred to it, has notified the UGC's Promotion and Maintenance of Standards of Academic Collaboration between Indian and foreign Education Institutions Regulations-2012 in the gazette of India on 21st September, 2013.
As per the regulations, only such foreign educational institutes shall be allowed to collaborate and have twinning arrangement with Indian educational institutions which are accredited with the highest grade in the homeland. The collaboration shall be allowed with only those Indian institutions which are accredited by the Nationality recognised accrediting agencies with a grade not less than B or its equivalent in respect of institutional accreditation or a threshold level of accreditation in respect of program accreditation.
Any Indian educational institution or foreign educational institution already having a collaborative arrangement shall comply with these regulations within a period of six months from the date of their coming into force.
Any collaborative arrangement, between a foreign educational institution and an Indian educational institution, in violation of the regulations, shall be declared as 'unauthorised collaboration' and action shall be taken against such institutions as per the provisions under the regulations.
A franchise arrangement, by whatever name, between a foreign educational institution and an Indian educational institution shall not be allowed under these regulations.
With the notification of these regulations, no foreign educational institution or Indian educational institution shall establish or operate its educational activity in India through collaboration, which leads to awarding degrees and postgraduate diplomas without the express permission or approval of the commission.
Any dispute arising due to collaborative arrangement between Indian educational institutions and foreign educational institutions shall be governed by the Indian law.
The UGC has so far not approved any proposal for collaboration with any foreign educational institution under these regulations.
All upcoming collaborations between foreign and Indian educational institutions must be proposed to the UGC, and get approved under the above mentioned regulations.