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Post at: Jul 22 2022

UGC Norms for Dual & Joint Degrees

Why in news?

  • In April 2022,UGC(University Grants Commission) has issued guidelines for Indian and Foreign Universities to collaborate in the field of Joint Degree, Dual Degree and Twinning Programmes.


  • Earlier in February 2022,UGC invited suggestions on Draft UGC (Academic collaboration between Indian and foreign Higher Education Institutions to offer Joint Degree, Dual Degree and Twinning Programme) Regulations, 2021.

Programmes being offered

  • Universities, both domestic and international, will have the option of offering a Twinning Program, Joint Degree Program, or Dual Degree Program.

The two institutions participating will select which curriculum will be offered and how it will be delivered.

Programme mode

  • Online and ODL courses and modalities of learning will be exempt from the requirements. For the programme, students must physically visit both campuses.

Universities that can offer these programmes

  • Indian Universities, Colleges and Higher Education Institutions which have a NAAC Accreditation of 3.01 and above, OR
  • Among the top 1000 universities in the QS World University Ranking or Times Higher Education Ranking,OR
  • Listed among the Top 100 in the NIRF Rankings. Indian institutions can meet any of these criteria to be eligible to offer the programmes.
  • For joint degree and dual degree programmes, an MoU is mandatory. UGC must be notified about the memorandum of understanding, MoU begin signed between the two parties.

Eligiblity of students for this programme

  • For Exchange and Dual degree program, Student must fulfil 30% of their credits at a foreign university.
  • The Indian institution must account for at least 50% of the total credits earned by the students.
  • Indian university provides the degree and overseas institutions acounts for certificate of credit recognition  for dual degree program.
  • However, degree will be based on the credits earned by the student for dual degree program as well. 
  • Students' credits will not be awarded from overlapping course content/curriculum.
  • Dual degree students must fulfil the entrance standards of both Indian and international universities.

Fees structure

  • It will be decided by both the universities after the details of the programmes are discussed.
  • Indian Universities must ensure they keep NEP 2020 in mind and keep the fees reasonable.


  • With these new regulations, students will be able to pursue two degrees from an Indian University and a Foreign University at the same time.
  • The regulations allow universities to collaborate and come up with degree programmes which will facilitate the flow of students from India to aboard and vice versa.
  • Students will experience a drop in the cost of an education since qualifying Indian institutions will now be able to link with abroad universities.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in advanced learning at institutions committed to academic excellence, which will provide them with global knowledge.


  • However, it is unclear whether the world's top universities would immediately sign memorandums of cooperation with Indian colleges.Independent autonomous colleges and regarded institutions are more likely to seize this opportunity to form international's possible that the UGC will be tasked with overseeing the educational excellence of such programmes.


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