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Updated December 16th, 2023 at 12:24 IST

UGC warns Edtech companies over foreign degree courses

University Grants Commission (UGC) has warned ed-tech companies and colleges offering degrees in collaborative arrangements with foreign universities

Reported by: Apoorva Shukla
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New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has warned ed-tech companies and colleges offering degrees in collaborative arrangements with foreign universities not recognised by it on Saturday, December 16. The Commission said that none of these degrees will be valid. The UGC through this notification has attempted to caution students taking admission in such courses being offered by prominent ed-tech companies. 

"It has been observed that many Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and colleges have entered into collaborative agreements with foreign-based educational institutions or providers not recognised by the commission and have been facilitating the issuance of foreign degrees to the students," UGC Secretary Manish Joshi said.

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"Any such kind of collaboration or arrangement is not recognised by the UGC and, accordingly, the degrees issued subsequent to such collaboration arrangement are also not recognised by the commission," he added.

UGC cracks down on Ed-tech over course advertisements

Joshi said it has also come to the UGC's notice that some edtech companies are advertising in newspapers, social media and television, offering degree and diploma programmes in online mode in association with some foreign universities and institutions.

"Such a franchisee arrangement is not permissible and any such programme or degree shall not have UGC recognition. Action will also be taken against all the defaulting edtech companies as well as the HEIs under applicable regulations," Joshi added.

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"Students and the general public are advised to exercise due caution and any enrolment in such courses will be at their own risk," Joshi added. 

 

(With PTI inputs) 

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Published December 16th, 2023 at 12:19 IST

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