NEP 2020: Initial Focus on Twinning Arrangements with Foreign Universities

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Nidhi bahl
Updated on Jan 14, 2021 06:46 PM IST

While speaking on the NEP 2020, Amit Khare, Higher Education Secretary, MHRD, stated that the first step will be to start twinning arrangements with foreign universities and introduce facilitatory regulation for the 2021-22 academic session. 

NEP 2020 Focus on Twinning Arrangements with Foreign Universities, Says Amit Khare

While speaking on the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare stated that the implementation of the policy will be sequential. The first step will be to lay the foundation for twinning arrangements with foreign universities, for which the government will introduce facilitatory regulations.

The twinning arrangements will ensure that students get the opportunity to complete a semester in the partner foreign institutes. However, this will go as planned only if the Academic Board of Credits is in place to initiate credit transfer. Fields such as Management, engineering and international law are most likely to see joint degrees or the first level of the process. 

These arrangements or collaborations with the overseas institutes are to further give an idea of how universities in foreign countries work. They will also be permitted to invest in education provided there is enough scope for mutual benefit. NEP 2020 also clearly asserts that all surplus funds (if any) will be reinvested in Indian education and it will not be returned to the country of origin. 

Also Read: HECI Bill With Foreign Universities in India Clause to Get Cabinet Nod Soon?

Khare added that a Foreign Universities Bill will be tabled only if the government still finds it necessary after the implementation of twinning arrangements. The same may not be required at all if the collaborations meet the defined requirements. The government will also introduce regulations to let Indian institutes operate or set up campuses in foreign countries in order to make the education system more inclusive.

Also Read: Top 100 Foreign Universities Can Now Set Up Campuses in India: NEP 2020

The NEP 2020 was approved by the cabinet on June 29, 2020, paving the way for a single regulator of education — HECI, and a very diverse education system in India. 

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