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UGC urges learners against studying at Chinese universities and considers online degrees to be worthless

The University Grants Commission suggested on Friday that people do "background research" before making a decision to pursue higher education in China, citing the country's rejection of relaxing travel restrictions and the fact that many Indian learners haven't attended in-person classes since the virus outbreak started. 

However, the higher education authority notified learners in a veiled notice that it does not recognize "degree courses done purely in online mode without prior permission."

The UGC recommendation came on the same day that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar highlighted the subject of Indian students returning to China with his Chinese colleague Wang Yi. According to Jaishankar, India expects that Beijing will take a "non-discriminatory attitude" to that as well.

According to statistics released by the Indian Embassy in China during the COVID crisis, over 20,000 Indian students have enrolled in medical degrees. The bulk of them returned to the nation after China banned and closed all colleges and other universities in the midst of the epidemic, but they have been unable to return due to tight travel restrictions.

They are concerned that if online courses continue owing to a lack of practical experience, their medical degrees may be declared worthless.

On February 8, 2022, the National Medical Council of India stated that students may not sit for the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination, a license examination to practice in India if the medical courses are delivered in online mode.

Minister Wang Yi has informed me that he will discuss this subject with the appropriate authorities upon his return. He recognized the unique challenges those medical students face in this difficult time, "Jaishankar told reporters immediately after meeting with Minister Wang Yi. 

The UGC advice was issued on Friday in response to multiple Chinese institutions accepting applications for various degree programs for the forthcoming academic period.

The People's Republic of China has imposed very strict travel restrictions on all prospective students, suspending student visas until November 2020, in the middle of COVID-19. As a result of these strict limitations, many Indian students have been unable to return to China to finish their further education. "The restrictions have not yet been relaxed," the notice said.

The letter further said that the Chinese authorities had previously noted that the courses would be offered in an online mode, and that, under social norms, the UGC and AICTE would not recognize such degree courses taken online without prior permission.

According to the notice, "Learners are encouraged to take precaution when deciding where to pursue further education in order to avoid future complications in employment or higher education."

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