The UGC has issued Draft University Grants Commission (Recognition and Grant of Equivalence to Qualifications obtained from Foreign Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2023. The University Grants Commission shall maintain a dedicated online portal to receive applications for the grant of equivalence to qualifications obtained from foreign educational institutions.
The applicant shall submit an online application along with the fee, as prescribed by the Commission from time to time. In case the required documents are in a language(s) other than English, the applicant must submit a transcript in English, duly authenticated by the degree awarding institution. The decision of the Commission shall be communicated to the applicant within 15 days from the date of receipt of the application. In case of approval, an Equivalence Certificate shall be uploaded on the portal.
Only in cases that need special consideration of the Commission, and in case the Commission requires more information or additional documents, the applicant shall have to furnish the relevant document to the satisfaction of the Commission within a stipulated period of 15 days.
If the applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the Commission, she/he can file for an Appeal, for a review within 30 days from the date of communication received from the Commission by paying the prescribed fees. The Appeal shall be placed before an Appellate Committee and the decision of the Committee shall be communicated to the applicant within 15 days from the date of receipt of the review application.