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Collaboration & Partnerships between Indian and Foreign Universities / Institutions in the field of Technical Education, Research and Training

 

1.1

 

Objectives

 

 

 

  1. To facilitate collaboration and partnerships between Indian and Foreign University / Institutions in the field of Technical education, Research and Training
  2. To systematize the operation of Foreign Universities / Institutions providing training and other educational services,  in India leading to award of Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diploma Level in technical education on their own,  under any mode of delivery system such as conventional / formal, non-formal and distance mode.
  3. To systematize the operation of Foreign Universities / Institutions providing training and other educational services,  in India leading to award of Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diploma in technical education in collaboration with an Indian educational Institution, under any mode of delivery system such as conventional / formal, non-formal and distance mode.
  4. To safeguard the interest of students’ community in India and ensure uniform maintenance of Norms and Standards as prescribed by various Statutory Bodies.
  5. To ensure accountability for all such educational activities by Foreign Universities / Institutions in India.
  6. To safeguard against entry of non-accredited Universities / Institutions in the Country of origin to impart technical education in India.
  7. To safeguard the nation’s interest and take punitive measures, whenever necessary, against the erring Institutions, on case-to-case basis.

2.0

 

 

Eligibility

 

 

 

  1. Foreign Universities / Institutions interested in imparting technical education on their o/. wn in India leading to award of Diploma and Post Diploma and Degrees including post graduate and doctoral programs.
  2. Indian University / Institution which is already in existence and is duly approved by the Council, interested in imparting technical education leading to award of Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diploma including post graduate and doctoral Programs of a Foreign University through collaborative / twining arrangements.
  3. Offshore Campus of Indian AICTE approved Institutions offering Indian Degree.
  4. Any other educational activity carried out in India, in any manner by the Foreign University / Institutions.
3.0     Conditions for Approval
  3.1   No Foreign University / Institution shall establish / operate its educational activity in India leading to award of Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diploma Level and Doctoral level programs without the specific prior permission / approval of the Council.
  3.2   Proposal from the Foreign Universities / Institutions shall be considered provided that they themselves establish operation in India or through collaborative arrangements with either an Indian Institution created through Society / Trust / A company established under Section 25 of Companies Act 1956, or the relevant Act in India.  Franchising in any form shall not be allowed.
  3.3   Accreditation by the authorized agency in parent Country with acceptable grades where grading is available, shall be the pre-requisite condition for any Foreign University / Institution to start its operation for imparting technical education in India.
  3.5   The educational Programs to be conducted in India by Foreign Universities/Institutions leading to award of Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diploma Level, shall have the same nomenclature as it exists in their parent Country.  There shall not be any distinction in the academic curriculum, mode of delivery, pattern of examination, etc. and such Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diplomas must be fully recognized in their parent Country.
  3.6   All such Foreign Universities / Institutions which are registered in India for imparting technical education leading to award of Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diploma shall have recognition at par with equivalent Indian Degrees.
  3.7  

The proposal from Foreign University seeking equivalence of technical Courses / Programs at Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diploma Level for mutual recognition of qualifications for the purpose of imparting such courses in India under collaborative arrangements or otherwise shall be considered by the Council through its Standing Committee on Equivalence comprising of representatives from UGC, AIU and the Council or such other mechanism as may be decided.

In case such equivalence has already been established by AIU or any recognized Government body, the same may be accepted by the Council for the purpose provided the same are not in dispute.

  3.8   It shall be the responsibility of the concerned Foreign University / Institution to provide for and ensure that all facilities are available the academic requirements are laid down and announced prior to starting of the Program.
  3.9   Any course / Program which jeopardizes the National interest of the Country shall not be allowed to be offered in India.
  3.10   It shall be the responsibility of the concerned Foreign University / Institution offering Program in India to get their AICTE approved centres, accredited by NBA soon after two batches have passed out from such centres. The study centres / Institutions of collaborating private educational service providers which impart technical education leading to the award of a Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diploma of a Foreign University shall be considered as a center of the Foreign University / Institution, even though the management may be provided by the Indian educational Institution.
  3.11   The Foreign University / Institution shall be bound by the advice of AICTE with regard to admissions, entry qualifications and the conduct of courses / Program in technical education as may be communicated to them from time to time.
  3.12   The Council may prescribe any other condition for registration, expedient to do so in the overall interest of the technical education system in the Country
  3.13   The Foreign Universities/Institutions already operating in India, without prior approval of the Council in various forms shall have to seek fresh approval from the Council within six months from the date of issuance of this notification or before commencement of ensuing academic session, whichever is earlier and shall be governed by the Regulations and Guidelines of AICTE.
4.0     Foreign University / Institution setting up a campus in India on its own
    a Eligibility, Procedure for application and the Process of approval
    b All such proposals shall be dealt with in accordance with provisions contained in Chapter I of the Hand Book.
5.0     Collaborations and Twinning Programs
  5.1   The students admitted to the Program should spend at least one semester of the course work of the Program in the Foreign University / Institution in its parent Country
  5.2  

The students failing to secure VISA should be enrolled in a similar Program being conducted by the Indian partner Institution, affiliated to a formal University recognized by the UGC or Board of Technical Education in the respective States, as applicable. The Intake of such students will be over and above the approved intake of the Program being conducted by the Indian Partner Institution

For this purpose the Foreign University / Institution, the Indian partner Institution and the concerned affiliating University or Board of Technical Education in the respective States, shall enter in to a tripartite agreement / MOU for the purpose.

The Indian partner Institution shall be affiliated to the University under whose jurisdiction it is located or Board of Technical Education in the respective States in which the Institute is located as applicable.

For Courses where University approval is not mandatory, the Foreign University / Institution, the Indian partner Institution shall enter in to a bipartite agreement / MOU for the purpose.

For Courses where Board of Technical Education in the respective State, approval is not mandatory, the Foreign University / Institution, the Indian partner Institution shall enter in to a bipartite agreement / MOU for the purpose

  5.3   The Degree should be awarded by the Foreign University / Institution only in its parent Country
6.0    

Processing Fee: Paid through the AICTE payment gateway available on the Web-Portal www.aicte-india.org

The payment options available are

  1. Cheque ICICI Bank Only
  2. Corporate Internet banking
  3. Pay Order – (All banks)

If the payment option chosen is 3 (Pay Order), then the Pay order must be drawn payable at the city of deposit of the instrument (ie. outstation instruments are not acceptable).

Applications shall be accepted subject to realization of the Pay Order.

  6.1  
Type of Institution Processing Fee in Rs. Laks
    a
Minority Institution 8.00
    b
Institution set up in Hilly Area in North Eastern States other than Government / Government aided / Central University / State University 8.00
    c
Institution set up exclusively for women other than  Government / Government aided / Central University / State University 8.00
    d
All other  Institutions except Government / Government aided / Central University / State University 8.00
    e
Government / Government aided / Central University / State University 8.00
7.0     Procedure for Approval
  7.1   Applications received under this provision will be processed as per Clause 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 of chapter II
  7.2  

Additional documents shall be necessary while seeking approval for Foreign collaborations and Twinning Programs

No Objection certificate (NOC), from concerned embassy in India with mention of genuineness of educational Institution of the respective country

A Tripartite / Bipartite agreement (MOU), as applicable between the Indian AICTE approved Institution, The Collaborating Foreign University / Institution and the Indian affiliating UGC recognized University or Board of Technical Education in the respective State. This is a fall back arrangement to enable the students who fail to get a VISA to travel abroad, to continue and complete their education in a similar program in India.

At least one semester of Education in the collaborative program to be conducted in India and the Country in which the Foreign collaborating University / Institution is located.

8.0     Off Shore Indian Campus and award of Indian Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diploma.
  8.1  

Proposal for Offshore Campus shall be processed in accordance with the process and provisions as contained in Chapter I.

Provided that the applicant Institution submits a No Objection Certificate or the specific permission granted by the Foreign Country as well as the No objection certificate granted by the Ministry of foreign affairs, GOI, for the purpose of setting up offshore campus.

  8.2  

Processing Fees in Rs. Laks for various applications (Degree, Post Graduate Degree, Post Graduate Diploma, Diploma and Post Diploma Institutions) for setting up offshore Campus

In addition to the Processing fee and other amounts as payable or to be deposited as per provisions made in Chapter I, the applicant shall deposit additional amount as provided below.

Visit Charges shall be paid by the applicant Institution as per demand raised by the Council prior to the visit of the proposed offshore Campus.
The applicant institution shall deposit an amount of Rs. 2.0 Cr with the Council for the purpose as provided in clause 6.3 of Chapter I.

9.0     Punitive Measures and Conditions for Withdrawal
  9.1   If a Foreign University / Institutions fails to comply with any of the conditions as contained in the above regulations and/or consistently refrains from taking corrective actions contrary to the advice of the Council, the Council may after giving reasonable opportunity to the concerned University / Institution through hearing or after making such inquiry at the Council may consider necessary, withdraw the registration granted to such University/Institution to offer their Degree, Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Diplomas in India and forbid such Foreign University / Institution to offer their registration granted to such University / Institution to offer their Degrees, Diploma and Post Diploma in India and forbid such Foreign University/Institution to either open Centres or enter into any collaborative arrangement with any University / Institution in India.
  9.2   The Council shall also inform the concerned agencies including Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, RBI of such decisions and advise these agencies to take any or all of the following measures
    a Refusal / withdrawal for grant of visa to employees / teachers of the said Foreign University / Institution.
    b Stop repatriation of funds from India to home Country.
    c Informing the public about the withdrawal of the Registration of such Foreign University/Institution and the consequence thereof
  9.3   In case it comes to the notice of the Council, that a Foreign University is running Diploma and Post Diploma or / and Degree at undergraduate, post-graduate and research level in technical education in India directly or in collaboration with an Indian partner without obtaining certificate of registration, Council shall take immediate steps to action under the Indian Penal Code for Criminal breach of trust, misconduct, fraud and cheating and under other relevant Indian Laws.
  9.4  

Once the registration of a Foreign University / Institution is withdrawn, the Council shall make attempt in co-ordination with concerned State Government to re-allocate the students enrolled in such Programs to other approved Institutions of the Council. 

The Foreign University / Institution in such cases, shall have to return the entire fee collected from such students to the Institutions in which such students, are accommodated. 

Such Foreign Institutions shall not be allowed to open any other Centre / Institution or enter into a collaborative arrangement in India for at least 3 years.

10.0     The Foreign University / Institution shall submit an annual report giving details of the number of students admitted, Programs conducted, total fee collected, amount transferred  to parent Country, investment made, number of students awarded Degree, Diploma, Post Diploma and Post graduate Diploma and any such information that the Council may ask for.
11.0     The Council may cause an inspection, whenever necessary, with or without prior notice, to assess the infrastructural and other facilities available and / or to verify the compliance of conditions, norms, standards etc. prescribed by the Council from time to time.
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