The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has asked all Indian universities that have entered into any student or faculty exchange pact with a counterpart in China to not undertake any activities until the Ministry of Home Affairs gives the go ahead.
University Grants Commission of India secretary Rajnish Jain stated in a letter issued to the vice chancellors of all universities that those varsities which have already entered into a pact with a Chinese university must attain clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs for operating any agreement and until this clearance is obtained, no activities should be performed.
Several MoUs between Indian and China universities
There are a vast number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between Indian and China universities for faculty or student exchange programmes and the opening of Chinese language centres.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has conveyed that in addition to other required clearances, this prior approval from both the Ministry of Home affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs is needed by all academic institutions and universities before any such agreement is signed.
Jain’s letter cited MoUs, educational exchange programmes, agreements, joint declarations of intent and letters of intent with Chinese institutions as these such agreements.
The letter stated in addition that: “those universities (including private universities, academic institutions) who have already entered into an MoU with Chinese universities, must seek clearance from the MHA for operating the MoU until a clearance is obtained, no activities should be performed under the MoU.”
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