Online degree courses from China may be invalid: UGC warns Indian students

The United Grants Commission of India issued a public notice on Friday advising Indian students to take caution before choosing where to pursue their higher studies.

Many universities in China have advertised their courses as being open for admission. However, these programs will be offered completely online.

The public notice issued clearly states that such fully-online degrees will not be recognized by the UGC and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) without prior approval. Hence, students should make informed decisions when it comes to studying abroad, to avoid issues in future employment.

The stringent travel restrictions imposed by China have affected the education of many international students who were already enrolled in degree programs before the pandemic.

The notice highlighted that China has rejected all study visas since November 2020, and students enrolled in degree programs are currently attending classes online.

Although China has made visible efforts to strengthen its higher education industry by recently allowing international students work-study permits, it still has a long way to go.