Friday, December 20, 2013

Amity university gets HRD nod to set up campus in UK

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has given permission to the Amity University to set up an off-shore campus in London. Amity University is collaborating with the Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom.

While granting permission, the ministry has said any degree to be awarded through the "said off-shore campus in United Kingdom shall distinctly and prominently distinguish itself from the degree certificate awarded by Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, for all its programmes conducted/offered in India."

It has added that "degree certificates to be awarded in respect of the academic programme of the off-shore campus in UK shall clearly bear the name of the off-shore campus."

While this would raise some questions about the Amity off-shore campus degree, Amity's Chancellor Atul Chauhan said, "Being an off-shore campus of an Indian university, the degrees will be very much Indian. There is no other possibility. What the ministry has written is that for the sake of employment in certain professions in India the students will be deemed as if they obtained a foreign degree. For example, the medical council and bar council have certain guidelines for students who have studied outside India to do certain exams before they can practice."

Iain Adlington, Senior Policy Advisor, Department for Business Innovation & Skills had told Amity in December 2012 that "the degree courses offered by your institution are not UK degree courses, apart from those validated by Anglia Rukin University or are validated by any other UK institution that has degree awarding powers."

"On this basis, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills would have no objection to use the word university in the proposed trading name Amity University," Adlington had said. However, he had reiterated, "I confirm that there is no specific permission required by this department and that institutions based outside the UK can set up a campus here and teach courses that would lead to the award of a non-UK degree."

On this, Chauhan said, "It is absolutely correct that as a foreign university in UK we have to mention is all our communications that the degree is not a UK degree. Only universities established by the UK government can offer UK degrees. We are an off-shore campus of an Indian university offering Indian degrees in UK. However, this in no way means that degrees of Amity will not be valid in UK. They will be valid as any other degree of an Indian university is valid in UK."

Chauhan added, "It is a very big step in the private university sector to get permission to have off-shore campuses and we feel pride to have a university flying the Indian flag on foreign shores."

MHRD has also said there shall be no financial or any other liability on Indian government. Also, the off-shore campus will not be allowed to divert faculty or any academic infrastructure from its Noida campus.

Source: The Times of India, December 20, 2013

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