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UGC plans to increase International outreach in UG, PG programmes



Universities and higher education institutions across India will now be allowed to create up to 25 per cent supernumerary seats for foreign students in their undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate programmes (PG), University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman, Jagadesh Kumar has stated.

There will be no entrance tests for these admissions, said Kumar, adding that the decision was taken at a UGC meeting held last week to discuss ‘Internationalisation of UG and PG in India.’

“The supernumerary seats will be created over and above the total sanctioned strength and the decision regarding these seats will be taken by concerned higher educational institutions (HEIs) according to specific guidelines and regulations issued by the regulatory bodies considering the infrastructure, faculty and other requirements.

“Indian HEIs may admit international students based on the equivalence of entry qualification held by them. The equivalence is to be determined by UGC or any other body recognised by UGC for such purpose or the concerned regulatory bodies of the country. HEIs may adopt a transparent admission process for admitting the international students,” Kumar told a news source.