UGC warns students against Chinese universities, says online degrees invalid
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday advised students to exercise “due diligence” before deciding to pursue higher education in China. Further, in a veiled warning, the higher education regulator informed students that it doesn’t recognise “degree courses done only in online mode without prior approval.”According to the data released by the Indian Embassy in China amid the Covid outbreak, over 20,000 Indian students were enrolled in medical degrees. A majority of them had come back to the country after China closed down all universities following the pandemic and have been unable to return ever since due to stricttravel curbs. They are worried that their medical degrees may become invalid if online classes continue due to lack of practical experience.The National Medical Council (NMC) of India had on February 8 clarified that students could not appear for the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), a licensure examination to practise in India if the medical courses were conducted online.