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UGC Extends Deadline For Input on Overseas University Campuses in India Till Feb 20 

According to the chairperson, the initial approval will be valid for 10 years and will be renewed in the ninth year if certain requirements are met. 

According to a formal order, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has further extended the time for receiving comments on the proposed rules for the establishment of foreign university campuses in India until February 20. 

UGC secretary Rajnish Jain said the deadline was extended following from stakeholders. 

“In view of the requests being received from stakeholders to extend the last date for submitting feedback, comments, and suggestions on the draft of ‘Setting up and Operations of Foreign Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in India, Regulations, 2023’, the last date is further extended to February 20,” Jain said in an official order. 

The deadline had previously been changed by the commission to February 3. The deadline has now been extended a second time. 

The UGC had last month announced that foreign universities will be able to set up their campuses in India for the first time and unveiled draft norms, under which these varsities can also decide on the admission process, and fee structure, and repatriate their funds back home. 

Noting that foreign universities with campuses in the country can only offer full-time programmes in offline mode and not online or distance learning, UGC Chairperson M. Jagadesh Kumar said the foreign universities and HEIs will need a nod from the UGC to set up their campuses in India. 

The initial approval will be for 10 years and will be renewed in the ninth year, subject to the meeting of certain conditions. He had said and clarified that these institutions shall not offer any such study programme that jeopardises the national interests of India.  

(Source: The Telegraph

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