Cabinet approves the MOU signed on mutual recognition of academic qualifications between India and UK
The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 7 September 2022 chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi granted ex post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on mutual recognition of academic qualifications signed on 25.04.2022.
The Mutual Recognition of Qualifications agreement between India and the United Kingdom promotes academic collaboration and student mobility. The request from the UK side to grant recognition to their One Year Masters Programme was considered, and during the meeting between the Education Ministers of the two countries held on 16 December 2020 in New Delhi, a joint task force was constituted for this purpose. Following the first meeting on 04th February 2021, both sides agreed on a draft Memorandum of Understanding after detailed deliberations and negotiations.
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The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to facilitate the mutual recognition of educational qualifications, periods of study undertaken, academic degrees and qualifications, and accreditation by educational institutions within the two countries. Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Para-Medical Education, Pharmacy, Law, and Architecture are not included in the scope of this Memorandum of Understanding. Additionally, it will facilitate the establishment of joint/dual degree programs between higher education institutions, which is one of our objectives under NEP 2020 for the Intelligence Nationalization of Education.
This MoU will promote the bilateral exchange of information about the educational structure, programs and standards and increase the mobility of students and professionals between the two countries. It will also encourage other areas of cooperation in the education sector, and the development of study programs as mutually agreed upon by the Parties.
This MoU shall recognize equivalence in accordance with parity with regard to the acceptability of qualifications as approved under the national policy, law, rules and regulations of the two countries.