The Union Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Kingdom (UK) on mutual recognition of academic qualifications (MRQ) to promote student mobility, on September 8, 2022.
Furthermore, according to an official statement, professional degrees such as engineering, medicine, nursing and para-medical education, pharmacy, law, and architecture are out of the purview of this MoU, according to an official statement.
As per the statement, the MoU aims to facilitate the mutual recognition of educational qualifications, periods of study undertaken, documents related to academic degrees and qualifications and accreditation by educational institutions within the two countries.
“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 decision was taken to set up a joint task force for this purpose,” the statement said.
It further added that the first meeting was held on February 4, 2021, and subsequently, after detailed deliberations and negotiations, both the countries came under the agreement.
”It will also facilitate the establishment of Joint and Dual degree courses between Higher Education Institutions, one of our objectives under NEP 2020 for internationalisation of education,” it said.
Furthermore, the MoU aims to promote bilateral exchange of information about the educational structure, programmes 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 programmes as mutually agreed upon by the parties, it said.
“This MoU shall recognise 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,” it said.
With inputs from PTI.