PhD Offered By EdTech Firms In Collaboration With Foreign Varsities Not Recognised: UGC & AICTE

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Friday announced that the online Ph.D. News agency PTI reported that programs offered by edtech companies in collaboration with foreign educational institutions are not recognized.

The warning for students issued by higher education and technical education regulators is the second warning issued this year.

The UGC and AICTE also said that advertisements for online PhD courses by edtech companies affiliated to foreign universities should not be taken seriously.

The statement was also shared from the official Twitter account of the statutory body set up by the Higher Education Department. “UGC has advised the students and the public not to be misled by the advertisements of online PhD programs by Edutech companies in association with foreign educational institutions. For more details please refer to the attached public notice.”

The tweet was retweeted from the official handle of AICTE.

Earlier this year, the UGC and AICTE warned their affiliated universities and institutes against offering distance learning and online courses in collaboration with ed-tech companies, stating that no “franchisee” agreement under the norms is not acceptable.

“UGC has notified the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil, PhD Degree) Regulations, 2016 to maintain the standards for award of PhD degree. All Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) shall comply with the rules and amendments of the UGC. should be followed. While conferring PhD degree,” the UGC and AICTE issued a joint order.

It said that students and the general public are advised not to fall prey to advertisements for online PhD programs by edtech companies in collaboration with foreign educational institutions.

“Such online PhD programs are not recognized by the UGC. Interested students and general public are requested to verify the authenticity of PhD programs as per UGC Regulation 2016 before taking admission,” the order said.

(with inputs from PTI)

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