August 3, 2022

UGC Reforms Distance Learning Guidelines to Boost Foreign Student Enrollment

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has changed the open and distance learning programs and online program guidelines, making it easy for international students to enroll in Indian universities. This amendment will allow international students whose passports have expired to enroll in Indian universities through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Previously, international students were required to produce their passport for identification in order to enroll in any Indian university. As a result, many applications have been rejected due to non-submission of passports or submission of an expired passport.

However, this amendment will only apply to international students who register on the e-VidyaBharati portal and gain admission through MEA. These students will be exempt from the passport requirement and will be able to produce any “national photo ID” of their country for registration purposes.

The e-VidyaBharati project is an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aimed at providing distance education services to African countries. These services are offered free of charge.

In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships to African students under the e-VidyaBharati (e-learning) project. The project aims to offer at least 15,000 scholarships to African students over a period of 5 years.

Speaking on the amendment, UGC President Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar said, “Second Amendment Regulations, 2022 changes the mandatory ‘Passport’ ID for international students to ‘Any National Identity with Photograph » from the country of residence for admissions by MEA into UGC Recognized/Authorized Online Programs. »

“This amendment is expected to improve the number of enrollments of international learners in online programs through projects of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he added.