UGC Guidelines 2022 – HEIs To Add 25% Extra Seats For Foreign Students

New Delhi, October 04, 2022, UGC Guidelines 2022: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) across the country to create up to 25% additional seats for foreign students in their undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programmes. This decision is aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) to create an inflow of foreign students to India.

UGC Guidelines 2022 – Internationalisation of Higher Education

  • Internationalisation of higher education is the process of incorporating an international and intercultural dimension into India’s higher education.
  • The Indian Higher Educational lnstitutions (HEIs) are now committed to increasing their international outreach to facilitate the internationalisation of Indian Higher Educational lnstitutions (HEIs). For this, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has framed the guidelines for the admission and the creation of extra seats for international students.

UGC Guidelines 2022 – Objectives of Internationalisation of Higher Education

  • Facilitation of a smooth and simple admission of international students in higher educational institutions of India.
  • Creation of a favourable environment for attracting international students to the Indian higher education system.
  • Making India a preferred destination for international students.

UGC Guidelines 2022 – Major Details

  • Indian Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) may admit international students based on their entry qualification held by them.
  • The Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) may create up to 25% extra seats for international students over and above of their total sanctioned enrolment for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • The decision regarding 25% supernumerary seats has to be carried out by the concerned higher educational institutions as per specific guidelines issued by the regulatory bodies considering the infrastructure, faculty, and other requirements.
  • The 25% of the additional seats for international students will not include the international students under exchange programmes or/and through Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between institutions or between Government of India as well as other countries.
  • The additional seats shall be exclusively meant for the international students both in the undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.
  • A seat that remained unfilled in the supernumerary category, shall not be allocated to anyone other than an international student.
  • The additional seats in professional and technical institutes shall be governed by the respective statutory bodies.
  • Extra seats for Ph.D. programmes shall be governed by the regulations notified by the University Grants Commission (UGC) from time to time in this regard.
  • All details regarding the number of seats available for international students in each programme, fee prescribed for the same, admission process, eligibility conditions, etc. shall be made available on the website of the Higher Educational Institutions(HEIs).
  • All existing provisions notified by the Government of India regarding visa shall be followed by the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs).

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UGC Guidelines 2022 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many seats will be added for foreign students by University Grants Commission (UGC) in the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs)?

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities and higher education institutions across the country to create up to 25% additional seats for foreign students.

At what levels will 25% additional seats be added for foreign students by University Grants Commission (UGC) in the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs)?

25% additional seats for foreign students in their undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programmes by University Grants Commission (UGC) in the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs).

Why are additional seats being added in the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for foreign students?

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Additional seats are being added in the Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) by the University Grants Commission (UGC) for foreign students to facilitate a smooth and simple admission of international students in higher educational institutions in India, to create a favorable environment for attracting international students to Indian higher education system, and for making India a preferred destination for international students.

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