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India, UK to work on qualification recognition

India and the UK will collaborate on mutual recognition of academic qualifications, politicians have announced, with the Indian minister of education confirming that the two countries will also launch a task force.

mutual recognitionUK foreign minister Dominic Raab met with Indian minister for education Ramesh Pokhriyal in December. Photo: DFID UK

The University of Edinburgh will open a university in Gujarat in July 2021

UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab has attended meetings in India this week, as the two countries seek to build a “closer relationship” over the next decade.

In a meeting on December 16, Raab and Indian minister for education Ramesh Pokhriyal agreed to work together on mutual recognition of academic qualifications, starting with master’s degrees, over the next year.

The news was welcomed by Universities UK International as “fantastic progress” in an area it has worked on with members and sector partners, such as British Council India.

UKCISA also called for the UK government to “prioritise the international recognition of qualifications in government-to-government dialogue and future FTAs” in its position paper to help deliver a “world-class” international student experience.

The mutual recognition will “benefit Indian students enrolling in UK universities while supporting India’s New Education Policy 2020 vision”, the British Council India noted.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is set to travel to India in January, his first major overseas visit after the Brexit transition comes to an end on January 1.

However, the UK is not the only country with which India is looking to collaborate on education. Education ministers from India and the UAE also met earlier in December to “take forward the strong cooperation between the two countries in the field of education”, India’s embassy in the UAE confirmed.

Back in 2018, Indian and French counterparts agreed a similar initiative on the mutual recognition of academic qualifications, which French president Emmanuel Macron hoped would help double the number of Indian students attending higher education institutions in France.

Correction (9:56 GMT, Dec 17): A government press release incorrectly stated that the University of Edinburgh would open a new biotechnology university in the Indian state of Gujarat in July 2021, and this information has now been removed from article.

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One Response to India, UK to work on qualification recognition

  1. The issue of according equivalence to one year Master degree has come up for discussions many a time in the last decade. The only hitch was India has 2 yr. Master degree as a result of which Indian Universities will suffer. Thus not accepted. Now if MoE is accepting this where is Indian interest. Normally people quote only Top ranking Universities of UK but what about “C” grade Universities of UK. The NEP 2020 also says one year Master degrees to be imparted but only for those having 4 year Bachelor degree. In UK even Engineering degrees are of 3 year duration. Will India afford to accept such Master degrees holders? If at all it has to be done why not British Indistry give them a compulsory working VISA for two years to have experience. Others wise India will be a big loser and British Universities will get business. Indian Officials in ICC Cell of MHRD to seriously review this before pushing the agenda.

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