Shocker: India states that UK Master Degrees as NOT Master equivalent; British Council “helpless”!!!

AIU (Association of Indian Universities) is the only recognized body in India for granting academic equivalence of degrees/diplomas not only within the country but also to other similar bodies in foreign countries. In acknowledgement to the works done by the Division since its inception the Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi, vide their letter No. Dated 13th May, 1995 issued a Notification that the equivalence done by AIU will be valid for the purpose of higher education as well as employment in the country.

The above is how AIU is described on its official website (www.aiuweb.org). I would assume its role to be similar to NARIC in UK (http://www.naric.org.uk/) and NOOSR in Australia (https://www.aei.gov.au/Services-And-Resources/Pages/AEINOOSR.aspx).

With the above background, allow me to present my blog. There are no disclaimers in this piece and this is based on real and factual circumstances of a student who has been in contact with me recently. The said student studied a Masters Degree in UK from University of Nottingham. Nottingham is a member of the Russell GroupUniversitas 21, the Sutton Trust, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association and Universities UK. However when he was seeking employment/further studies in India, he was asked to prove that the qualification that he held was recognized in India and it didnot matter if the University was a leading University. What was required was whether the Masters that he held was “equal” to a Masters.

Confused on how to go about, he wrote to British Council in Delhi assuming that they will stand by their degrees and indicate some document that indicates that the Masters from UK is equal to a Masters in India. The reply that he got was…

Thank you for writing to us. Hope you had a good experience in the UK. 

Recognition of overseas degrees in India is guided by Government of India regulations and as you rightly indicate, AIU is the organisation which may comment on it. The British Council is a source of information about education in the UK only and does not offer equivalence certificates.

Wow… he found the reply “dry”. He went on to AIU website (www.aiuweb.org) and then clicked on the link in left column for Evaluation. The page that opened up indicated…

The Association of Indian Universities have signed Protocol/Memorandum of Understanding with the following Countries:

  • Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Russian Federation
  • Australia, Germany
  • Sri Lanka

As per the provisions of the Protocol and Memorandum of Understanding, the degrees awarded by the accredited Universities of these concerned countries, for the full time programmes offered on the Campus of the country of origin, are accepted for admission to higher courses by Indian Universities on reciprocal basis. +2 stage Foreign examinations recognized by AIU

But he was not wanting to know the MOU that these countries had since he had studied not in Egypt, Russia, Australia, Germany or Sri Lanka. He had studied in “the” Britain that has given India the current system of education and has educated most of Indian leading educationists.

Fiddling around the page he comes across the INFORMATION BULLETIN 2009 ON EQUIVALENCE OF DEGREES. The font being big and colourful was difficult to miss. He went on and clicked and it opened up to the answer that he was looking for. The pdf laid out the full equivalence for school leaving, Bachelors and Higher Degree equivalences and it mentions the answer that he was looking for…

Master Degree programs which are less than 2 years in duration of foreign universities have also not been accorded equivalence by AIU. AIU do not issues ECs in such cases. 

The link to the pdf is http://www.aiuweb.org/Evaluation/IB%202009.pdf

Shocked he is! His plans for further education in India which required him to have a Masters is shattered. Masters in UK is mostly a one year qualification and is UK’s biggest USP. He can’t believe that British Council that “promotes” British education in India cleverly indicated that they can only talk of education as in UK. Ha Ha Ha. The British Council promotes the UK Education in India. Holds fairs around the country. Works with Indian institutions and organizations and fosters closer working relationships. Manages scholarships to Indian students and now is not even making its bit to lobby the case of the graduating students from UK to seek their qualification to be equal to Indian qualifications, if not better.

British Council’s Indian pages mention…

Most master’s degrees and MBAs at UK universities last one year compared to two in other countries, including the USA and Australia. Choosing the UK means you only have to pay tuition fees for one year and you’ll be back in the workplace before you know it.

Now is British Council attempting to promote degrees that are not recognised in India. If so, then as per the legal rulings in India, they need to add a disclaimer in the promotions that states that BRITISH MASTER DEGREES OF DURATIONS OF ONE YEAR ARE NOT EQUAL TO INDIAN MASTERS DEGREES!

  • Frankly, AIU needs to be presented with facts so that it can change its equivalence system and accords exception to the 1 year Masters from UK.
  • Frankly, British Council needs to lobby for recognition of British Masters degrees of one year duration before it begins claiming the British Degrees to be globally recognized.
  • Frankly, Banks need to sack all their managers who gave education loans to students going for Masters in UK since the course being aspired for was not going to be recognized even to work in their own nationalized banks. Ha Ha Ha but Yes, true.
  • Frankly, RBI needs to pull all the forex vendors for having opened Higher Study Quotas and allowed precious forex to go out for such studies which are not “equal”.
  • Frankly, education counsellors and agents such as us who have promoted British quality education need to be pulled up by someone. Maybe Ministry of HRD.
  • Frankly, all Indian Leaders, Corporate giants and several others who hold Masters degrees from UK need to be told that they hold “Not-Recognised Qualification”.

and

  • Frankly, UK needs to remind the Indian Minister who went to lobby for work-rights for graduating Indian students in UK, to first give those Indian students work rights in India itself.

What a joke it is! Only AIU prodded by British Council can fix it. If AIU insists to stand by its equivalence model, UK Universities need to be told to promote their Masters in India with a clear statutory wording or disclaimer that their degrees are not eligible for employment and further education in India. Yes, this is what AIU equivalence means.

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  1. Respected Mr. Singh

    Thanks for sharing my case with the students across India who are either preparing to go to UK for their Masters or are even thinking of it. Without AIU’ s recognition, they are leaving our country for another piece of paper. Though you receive quality education but only recognized in professional domain. In Academics, they are not treated so called “equivalent”.

    And you never know, In order to compliance with rules and regulations of a sector/industry; companies/corporate in India can also express their need of 2 years Masters which is as simple as that.

    Hope this blog would enlighten many of the “FOOLS” like me.

    Thanks and regards for your precious time.

    Sincerely

    Fool…as i mentioned above!!!

    ****If any one wants to have more clarity on this issue; you may give your contact details here. Either me or Ravi ji will be handling the query and reply as soon as possible.

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    1. Dear —, Good to see you coming forward. I did not name you as was not sure and notice that you are using a pseudonym here too. I can understand. However, what you have raised and shared with me is nothing against anyone. Certainly you are not a fool. Education in UK has been a desired goal for many including the father of our nation and our first Prime Minister. Now, we have a situation where AIU needs to be corrected on the equivalence system in place in India and Britain needs to lobby to get this done. Otherwise, we have a situation for sure.

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    2. Don’t consider yourself a fool. You have invested, and nothing wrong. I know, for middle class people, it is tough to imagine how life can be hard. But what can we do? My question is that why Indian government don’t create universities? Why all of us have to go abroad to study, and there also, facing so much issues. It is not just money issue, but other things too.

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    1. Sir, I agree and welcome to my blog. I have been actively blogging on “education issues” for last two years and this is your first comment for sure. Feel free to visit other posts too. Your experience with education is so vast that it will certainly complete many of my half sentences…

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  2. ….and the funny part is that they are not allowing the students to work there after completing their degree as per new Visa regime….Their degree would not bring them job here back in India…Where would they go?

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    1. Yes this is the irony. The Post Study Work provisions have been abolished. UK PM states that Indian students who come to UK are valued guests who get “globally recognized and quality education” and who are required to return to their homeland after the degrees. Now with India finding the Masters from UK to be too short and hence invalid, where are we… I do feel that the students need to demand clarity from Britain. Or else there is scope for legalities… it will be unfortunate.

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  3. Article is Good, logical and an eye opener. Matter should be seriously lobbied to protect Indian students from falling into the trap of deception.

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  4. it is really a matter of great concern to all of us, as we are all promoting UK along with Australia and other countries such as New Zealand, Canada and USA. British Council need to sort it out with AIU other wise UK will be standing alone as all other countries are offering 2 or 1.5 years master. 1.5 yrs masters are offered to those students who have four year professional degrees. But in the case of UK the universities are offering 1 Year Master to students who have three years under graduate degrees from India. so it would be very interesting to see how AIU take up UK’s request if it comes in the near future for treating its Masters equivalent to Indian Masters.

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    1. I wonder why no effort to correct this has happened between 2009 and 2012. The AEI equivalence document is dated 2009 and there is no updated version available. I am sure that UK with all its clout can certainly get it fixed. If AIU sticks on its stand then there is a need for putting a disclaimer on the promotion of UK Masters in India where it is stated that they are UK degrees and not valid for employment or further studies in India… Private institutions in India who run foreign degrees have to put this disclaimer when those degrees are not valid in India.

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  5. Masters in the U.K is not of 1 yr but to be precise it’s of 7 months (sept to April). AIU requirements also means that the U.K Masters degree is invalid for Phd or Mphil in India or further Govt job which requires Masters qualification……….hope the media does not further twist the issue…

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    1. 7 months sounds too short. I would feel that it is at least 9 months long. Honestly, even this is short. One of my colleagues from US believes that 1 year Masters should be equivalent provided the credit hours and work loads are higher for UK which it is not and hence AIU is within its rights to deny equivalence. Maybe they are but the fact remains that there should be some clarity immediately. UK claims their Masters to be globally valid qualifications but it seems that there is something unclear here. Yes, Media can twist this a bit and that is a risk. However, it will be good to get the attention of some quality media here… putting pressure on AIU and British Council can work in advantage of all. Either we will have AIU considering the UK Masters as Masters OR we will see British Council promoting the Masters with a clear caution that the degrees are not valid in India. One way or the other. Just this morning I have seen colorful adverts released by British Council for JUBILEE SCHOLARSHIPS 2012 which are for basically Masters only. Much needed clarity is needed immediately. The summary is: BC asks students wanting to know the equivalence of the UK Masters to contact AIU which is the “only” body which accords this. AIU clearly indicates that they will not issue equivalence for Masters less than 2 years. Now what? With PSW over, the students are being asked to return to India after studies and seek work and India does not consider the Masters from UK suitable for employment or further studies… Someone please step in.

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      1. It is very short, and besides, those courses seem to be like a crash course. No real enabler.

        I had high aspirations related with Machine Learning, Bio-Informatics and Neural Computations, but seems my dreams have been shattered. I probably may have to go back and start writing ERP code.

        The only thing which I have incurred is a 30Lakh debt on my head.

        Teaching wise, India is an amazing place. Problem is Indian syllabus, which does not get updated regularly.

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      2. They may have quality, for their own people. But, this program is not designed for someone who don’t have subject knowledge. They are still living in ancient era. Course work is too theoretical, though, in terms of research, it is good.

        But I would still suggest to keep options for USA.

        God only knows when this infatuation of Indians with everything foreign will end. Even I got sucked into it.

        To be honest, if anything needs to be transformed in India, that’s education. And, primary level education must be updated. Because, one learn fundamentals in schools.

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    2. 7 months! Are you joking kid!

      It takes one complete year! If you don’t know don’t just write non-sense! And their 1 year MS credits are equivalent to 2-3 years credit hours of USA. I don’t really think one who has Masters from UK needs to do a Phd or Mphil in India!

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      1. You will be surprised at the number of individuals who seek equivalence certificates for their qualifications after their Masters. There are many who want positions in academia and have desires to complete a Masters. All UK Masters are not alike in repute.

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      2. It is 7 month. One year is inclusive of project work, that too, if passed at masters level. They don’t allow to take project work if 50% are not scored in exams. Passes at masters require 80 credits with 50% overall grades.

        And yes, UK masters are awful, I have realized it now. They don’t have scope for beginners. A person who don’t have previous background in a field will find it very hard to survive.

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      1. Dear mr. Rao, I am sorry but you are surely sounding like someone who chose a course in the UK with lot of whimsand fancies. i have seen such people there. For your info I have completed my Masters and PhD there but never veered from a predetermined subject that I decided in high school. I donot know for an advanced degree like any Masters, why would you choose something of which you have no basics? That is sheer foolish especially when you are moving to a different country. Even in Indian MTech etc you are supposed to take up subjects pertaining to yur bachelors, or at last those that use the same basics. Again I apologize.for countering you. but being a scholarship student and continuous rank holder, I feel I must put you right. I went to UK because there has been a legacy in my family. Not for a better job.

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          1. If one goes through your assesments, it is clear that your definition of’education’ is togo abruptand gather easy degree that will getyou a job.Peoplego for research universities for research and based on that they get scholarships. As it is not a platform to discuss it, but I am intrested in your resume. As I have personally seen several IIT Mtechs looking for raise their so-called high income by Amway and doing IT jobs after VLSI mtech. Such a waste of time and money. Guess your own comment isa boomerang foryou.

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    1. Robert, absolutely. All other countries who offer 1 year Masters will be in the same boat. I know that NZ and Singapore offer such programs and both these countries do not have any MOU with AIU for mutual recognition as indicated on AIU site. Australia has 1 year, 1.5 year and 2 year Masters but the fact is that their limitations for international students and their plans for 2015 indicate that all Masters by then will be 2 years of study. Also Australia is listed amongst the countries with an MOU. Having said this, at this time there are 1 year Masters in Australia too and those will be affected. The whole thing got my attention when this particular student was denied equivalence as he needed it for his PhD in India.

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      1. Ravi, these are all the reasons I chose to promote only VET courses and that too in Australia only. 14 years in the industry not a single complaint.

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        1. Well… lets keep the comments to UK this time, please. You may not have had complaints with Aussie VET but there have been several… There were shortcomings there too which are getting fixed finally!

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          1. Sure Ravi.
            I mean all the countries should now contact the AIU and get a clarification on the duration of their Masters degrees also, otherwise thousands of students will be in trouble and all degrees will be jut like Chinese medicine degrees.

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      2. NZ offers 1 year masters to students with honours or PgDip only, both four years qualifications. Anyone with a 3 years bachelors has to study 2 years for a masters. Absence of an MoU does not mean the degrees are not equivalent. It just means you need to apply for a certificate of equivalence.

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        1. True. There are less than 2 year Masters in other countries too and I did a separate blog on that. However (unlike UK) all these countries are now moving towards 2 year Masters gradually. The 1 year Masters from NZ too get denied equivalency.

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  6. British Council’s reply to the student was totally irresponsible and an organization like that should do some research (like you did Ravi), before replying to a student on such a sensitive issue. Crazy people hanging around the education system.

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    1. Not sure as to what else could BC have told the student. It couldn’t say that the degrees are invalid in India for further studies or employment. That would be against their belief in the UK degrees. I know it could have possibly avoided a written communication and called in the student and explained the situation that it has with AIU and the system of recognition of degrees here where the Masters from UK is found to be “too short”. Honestly, it is a bit short but then it is still a valid qualification in the UK. I also firmly believe that the Indian students are within their rights to demand the situation being clarified to them right at the time of promotion of the programs. They need to know that their Masters will not allow them to seek government or other jobs that require a Masters that is equivalent to Indian Masters and they need to know that after their Masters they cannot apply to study PhD or Fellow programs in India. They may however still get jobs in private sector in India as those jobs are not based on any fixed criteria. In the case of this particular student his job required him to prove that he had a Masters and he failed to do so with the 1 year MBA from a top University in UK. The purpose of this blog is to get the situation fixed.

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  7. The UK and India governments have formed a taskforce to address the issue so mutual recognition of qualifications and the UK is now undertaking an exercise to map its qualifications against those offered in India. Kapil Sibal has stated that he would like to see this issue addressed by the academic year 2013. The British Council is part of this taskforce and we will continue to work with all the necessary authorities to resolve this issue so as to support the mobility of all students.

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    1. This is excellent and gives hope for future. It will be interesting to see if the 1 year Masters from UK and 3 year Engineering Bachelors of UK do get “equal” status. After this blog, I have just heard of a case of a student who had the Engineering Bachelors and wanted to prove this in order to get a Petrol pump license. However since his qualification was found wanting, he did not get to set up the petrol pump. Hence it is not just those who want to study for a PhD in India or who want a job with Government or Public Service, it is even entrepreneurs who are affected. Well, hopefully the task-force will succeed in the mission and we will have the degrees equated. Till then… what do they do…? I am of the clear opinion that AIU can be asked to address this immediately since it relates to thousands of Indian students. Proper pressure can do a lot of good. Secondly, Britain may have to be a little cautious with its USP of 1 year Masters and 3 years Engg Bachelors. The student who sparked the blog is a live case of a really disappointed student who wanted to even seek legal help against the various promotions on STUDY IN BRITAIN and the fact that none told him of the fact that his degree will be invalid in India. Honestly, this applies to 1 year Masters from NZ and Singapore too. He was asked by me to write to British Council for help and he indeed got a “very dry” response. Anyways, my purpose has been served. The topic has been put on the table and it is left for the experts to debate and decide. Whatever is decided, we must note that it is going to affect thousands and hence AIU needs to show promptness and also some sense of practicality and not just idealism. If it continues to feel that 9 month teaching of a 1 year Masters is just too-short, it will harm all.

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    2. Dear Suchita,

      If i remember correctly, Mr. Sibal stated almost 2 years ago about the same and nothing has happened. Such replies including words like “Task force, addressed, necessary authorities etc.” are very soothing to read, but in reality, these task forces meet once or twice in a year in AC rooms and discuss about so many resolutions but do not result in significant policy corrections. To address one issue in 2013 means policy corrections around 2014 or may be 2015. They addressed Foreign Education Provider Bill on 16th March 2010 and still that Bill has not seen light of the day.

      Kindly do not provide such vague information. Kindly share a tentative date or month with us as people like me have already wasted 3 precious years and still not able to enroll myself to any UGC/AIU recognized University. OR There should be a notification on every website who talks about UK education that PG course of UK is nothing more than a sheer piece of paper.

      Apologies for any inconvenience.

      Best Wishes

      Manu

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  8. Dear Ravi,

    While appreciating your concern on the validity of UK Master degrees in India, which is an old issue, I am to share with you that nothing could be done on the issue as it relates to the duration. The Policy on the subject is meant for Government jobs, further education etc only and there are hundreds of Indian students in the same plight. As we still follow British system and have no system of our own we are helpless and even the 3 year Bachelor degrees of UK are not much accepted by most of the American Universities for want of 16 years of formal education. Although the UK qualifications are highly knowledge oriented, our 2 or 3 year Master degrees whether class-room or distance learning or online only will unfortunately attract placement or increment for those who are just not employable.

    Dr.C.B.Paul Chellakumar

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    1. Dr Paul, I do not believe that nothing could be done as it relates to the duration. I am of the opinion that with consistent lobbying, AIU will open up a bit. Not just UK, I am now realizing that almost all NZ Masters are 1 year duration. Yes, a Bachelors from India will need to study a PG Dip first for 1 year and then take up the 1 year Masters which in total will make it 2 years and allowing him two exit points. However, my understanding is that this packaging of 2 programs to make it 2 years is also not acceptable by AIU. The British Council comment on this blog indicates that work is underway and so there could be light next year. However my gut feel is that AIU will find the 9 month teaching of 1 year UK Masters which fresh Indian graduates undertake to be a bit short!

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    2. Dear Dr Chellakumar,
      A very interesting topic with some interesting insights, opinions., and perspectives. As a point of clarity, however, I’d like too reassure you – and anyone else reading this – that my three year degree from the UK is acceptable in the US, including Harvard and Princeton. You can verify their international entry criteria for yourself by simply checking directly with the US universities (or via many of their websites).
      Best wishes,
      Jeremy

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  9. Dear Ravi

    Thanks a lot for bringing this up. While most of us are still tangled in the New NZ and Australia rules and to make things more complicated we have this UK News now. I have found out after 9 years that my UK MBA is not valid in India 🙂

    I am positive that the Remedial Action would be taken shortly and some of the replies do give a positive sign.

    There is so much to be done for our industry and very few peoplpe take that initiative…

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    1. The post from British Council on the comment link does give hope… However knowing the way India functions, I am sure it will not be easy at all to get a 9-12 month teaching equated to a 2 year Masters. AIU will have to become real. Till then, Girish, your MBA indeed is not technically equal to an Indian Masters. Sorry.

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  10. Dear Ravi sir,
    Unfortunately, we are so used to getting ‘shocked’, that after the few initial moments,it turns into either amusement,if some1 we know is at the receiving end, or into sheer indifference,if it concerns a stranger…Such a rule, if and when passed by the Indian Govt, blows a whole lot of smoke into the wall of pretensions the Govt has build to highlight their ‘strong bond with UK’…just a few off da cuff points,wich came 2 my mind, after readin ur blog :
    1. Globalisation permits free flow of information…education is but the strongest and most secure form of education..yet the Govt uses its discretionary power 2 recognise what is ‘global’ and what is not
    2. Govt ads are the highest form of revenue for a media house…The Govt publishes ads for everythin…some big leader’s death anniversary…birth anniversary…100 days of rule…1 year of rule…to make promises…to highlight the 1 promise it has kept out of the 120 it made…inaugurations…consumer awareness for diseases…water irrigation schemes…employment schemes…etc, etc,etc…yet it doesnot feel the need 2 advertise and let unsuspecting individuals who,more often than not,bet their entire savings 2 get a degree from a recognised educatrion hub like UK, that its degree is not valid!
    3.Banks are not required 2 disclose that the the loans they are disbursing, are for degrees that will not be valid…
    The point is not 2 get angry, frustrated or feel helpess..or run a morcha on this…but true action,would be,if all those who are affected and those who arent,dont take this lying down…as many days,monthsa and yrs it may take..this resolution shud b squashed…n we shud hopefully live 2 c the day.
    Arijit

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  11. The following comment was received from Rajarshi Ray after the comments on this blog was closed…

    Submitted on 2012/05/12 at 2:08 pm
    sorry to digress a lil’. i’ve something to say about the following.

    https://ravilochansingh.com/2012/04/17/shocker-india-states-that-uk-master-degrees-as-not-master-equivalent-british-council-helpless/

    as the comments are closed on that post – i’m putting it here.

    if the person in question did his degree from University of Cambridge / Imperial College London / the London School of Economics / the University of Oxford / University College London, then the ugc / aiu must accept his uk degree. otherwise, case dismissed.

    the student in question ( Himanshu Vyas ) went to university of nottingham ( as reported in hindu ) which is honestly a “so-so” university.

    having said so, i empathise with him. had i been in his shoes, i’d have also demanded the very same treatment.

    I would also like to stress that PhDs from most places in science from india are way better than the PhDs even from Oxford and Cambridge. and you can’t teach in any colleges, universities and deemed universities with this UK degree. In corporate your profile is put down because it is one year course. But Government still encourages overseas education with student loan from banks which entice aspirants and ease pursuing the higher studies. Later same government keep silent on equivalence of degree is like betraying the students and robbing their career. To my knowledge, plight of many UK graduates are joblessness, high debt, stuck in career, depression and indescribable positions. It is high time that all Indians should realise that most of the degrees offered in UK and australia are NOT great and certainly not worth putting so much money. for the uninitiated, if you want to go to uk, then please study in above G5 universities only – and for australia it’s G8 ( http://www.go8.edu.au ).

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    1. Rajarshi, I will pause a bit before calling Nottingham as a so-so University. It is a Russel Group member and a fine University. Maynot be Cambridge or Oxford but nevertheless better than many that we have in India. Further, the discussion is not on the merits of Nottingham at all. The fact is that AIU does not recognize one year Masters is also not linked to the University attended. The wordings on the AIU document that I have provided a link to is quite clear. In my opinion the MBA from London Business School or from INSEAD may also become unrecognized in India since they are not for full two years. AIU needs to address this situation. Having said this, the duration of UK Masters is a bit short since many are only 9 months and 12 months and so this will be a challenge. There are other issues with the AIU too. Also the Group of Eight from Australia can be equated to the Russell Group from UK and not just G5 that you mentioned. The G5 sit right on top around the world.

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  12. hello sir ,

    i want to ask you regarding acceptance of foreign university mba from indian collage in india ….

    i got a call from UBS ( Universal Business School ), is it reputed school or fake like JARO which fools people with names of foreign university.. ?

    they are offering residential full time mba from cardiff-metropolitan university.(15 months)

    I read foreign university mba is accepted if its done in same campus..here its not like that, people r getting degree in india..

    2nd executive mba should be more than 15 months.

    can u please guide,

    thank you sir

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    1. As much as I know, such degrees of Universities being run in India are not accredited in India. Students completing such programs may have difficulty in further education or employment.

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  13. Recently I have completed my b.tech ..I achieved 5.5 band in each module.. now my aim is to complete mba in australia for 2 year ..but my agent told me that mba is best in 1 and half year..plzz suggest me that if I join 1and half year mba then how much time I achieved search visa and work visa..or if I join 2 yr mba then how much time I achieved search and work visa … plzzzzzzzzz suggest me plzzzz …its very urgent ..plzzzz rplyy mee

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    1. If you want to study in Australia, it is advisable to study in a 2 year Masters degree. Such degrees are essential for its equivalence in India and further this duration is required for post study work.

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  14. Hi sir,

    Thanks everyone. This blog has been very helpful in clarifying my doubts in planning for higher education from UK.
    I have 3 yrs bachelor degree in science from India.i am planning to do 1 yr masters course in IT from UK. I have 2 queries.
    1.After completing the masters course will i be eligible to apply for jobs in IT companies in India ?
    2.Will i be eligible to pursue MS from US ?

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    1. As per the current regulations, Master degrees of lesser than 2 year duration from any country will not be deemed as equal to Indian Master degrees for further education or government/public sector employment. Refer to AIU.

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  15. Dear Ravi

    I am pursing PG diploma in statistics from PU Chandigarh. PU Admission cell forgot to tell me about this equivalence certificate requirement at admission time & processed my application & i got admission.I paid all the fees etc. Now they started asking for this equivalence certificate, which i just came to know would not be possible because my UK MBA is of 1 year & would not be valid as mentioned in the article. It is a big shock for me actually. Now admission cell told me that they will not disclose my result until I submit an equivalence certificate of my MBA, which is eligibility criteria for the mentioned PG diploma course.

    Is there any scope of getting out of this situation because i really dont see paying another Rs. 12000 for requesting equivalence certificate,which i suppose wont be fruitful. Have I wasted my time, money & efforts for this course without getting a certificate or will i be able to get something out of it.

    As you mentioned that back in 2012, some govt movements were happening on this issue. Have we got something or it is still in process.

    I really dont want anyone to waste resources like me. Somebody has to do something on this.
    Please advise me on my situation & the current developments.

    Anyways thanks for the detailed information

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    1. I can fully understand your situation and there may be three ways to approach this: 1)Since PU should have asked for it at the time of admission, you can possibly argue to be given a benefit of doubt since they erred. 2)There was indeed a move to give some kind of equivalence to UK MBA (after some work experience) but am not sure if that is being reversed by the current Minister for HRD. There were reports in The Telegraph that indicated that there is a change of mind now. However you can check with MHRD or better still even with the local office of British Council as they may have an update. 3)Applying for an equivalence certificate from AIU is what is required but firstly it is important to ascertain if the changes passed by the UPA have been implemented. My gut feel is that it has not been. Thus there is a very good opportunity to lodge an PIL in court as you and several others are affected by this changing regulatory framework and there is a need for full clarity. Maybe even an RTI can help. (However you indicate that you are studying a PG Diploma and thus they should be happy with the fact that you have a valid Bachelors. Why do they need equivalence for the MBA unless that was a prerequisite for your PG Diploma.)

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  16. My son is planning to do his Masters in Economics / Finance from Germany. Please let me know whether the degrees have value outside Germany. It is informed by DAAD that there are no rankings and that all universities in Germany are considered equal.

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  17. Dear Mr Ravi,

    I had to be turned down at a Public sector unit because of this issue. I had originally obtained a bachelors degree from UK ( 3 years course) and came back to india in 2014. Until the final stages of my PSU interview, I had no idea about this term ” Equivalence Certificate”. Since the company asked for it, I believed that there would be a provision for this and checked the AIU website. This is a quote from the official website,

    http://www.aiuweb.org/evaluation/Information%20BROUCHER.pdf

    “AIU DOES NOT ISSUE EQUIVALENCE CERTIFICATES FOR THE DEGREE
    PROGRAMMES OBTAINED IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE, NURSING,
    DENTISTRY, HOMOEOPATHY, PHARMACY, PHYSIOTHERAPY,
    VETERINARY & ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, LAW etc. (ALSO FOR 3 YEAR
    ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAMMES OFFERED BY BRITISH & OTHER
    UNIVERSITIES IN EUROPE).”

    I am quite baffled and shocked to be honest. I actually am in a really bad situation since I obtained my UG degree from UK, unlike many Indian students who usually go for Masters.Now my foundation degree is quite worthless in government sectors I believe. I hope this post goes out to everyone who wishes to study in UK. Be more cautious !! I plan to take this issue further (whatever it takes for them to notice me).

    Ashok
    (Fellow concerned student)

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    1. Ashok my support is there on this. The issue of equivalence is much greater than what is being reported. Most graduating students remain mum as they don’t want the world to know that their qualification is not recognised in their home country and they will not be able to proceed with further studies too. There is also now a growing concern that large number of students who study the degree through a pathway provider (one year diploma and then two years of degree, quite common now in UK, Australia, US, Canada and even NZ) will also not be able to study on further. The Ministry of HRD in the current government seems to be less bothered on this issue. I guess the only way forward is if any affected student lodges a PIL in the Indian courts. Students need to be prewarned before starting such degrees.

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  18. Greetings Mr. Singh,
    I completed my B.Pharmacy from Indian University and went to UK for a Master’s of Science in Cancer Biology and Therapy. Being from a middle class family, I applied for education loan to fund my masters with a hope to extend my academic and career graph. I completed my masters with a merit and was honored with a membership of a science group at UK. Till today I have published 4 original articles in international journals (one with impact factor 3.99) and attended 10 national/international conferences and have sufficient work experience in the field of research. My qualifications and laboratory experience have provided me with all the skills that a pharmacist and a cancer biologist combined. I really wish to go for an academic/research sector in India so that I can do something beneficial and productive for the country. However, the AIU’s policy makes my qualification and skills look like nothing. Adding more, because my Masters was of one year, at academic and research my bachelors is taken as a higher level and I am judged just as a bachelor. Adding more to it, a couple of interviewers suggested me to complete one more masters from India and then apply for the doctorate/research fellow positions. This is really a depressing situation when you have zeal, ideas and skills to carry out an extensive and productive work for one of the world’s most dreadful disorder and yet you cannot do anything just because you do not get a “degree equivalence” certificate from Association of Indian Universities. I can neither get a research fellow position, nor can I register for a doctorate in India. Seems like a piece of AIU paper has more weight than any of the researcher’s qualifications, his skills, his entire research and above all, his willingness to do something productive and beneficial in his own country.

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    1. This is really said. I can share that there are hundreds (if not thousands) like you who are without a way forward on this issue. I just wish that that all were together in a collective voice to raise the matter with Ministry of HRD and have AIU consider some internationally accepted parameters for equivalences. If such a collective voice could file a PIL in an Indian court, it might help…

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  19. Its really concerning us, but wanted to know which all foreign degrees in post graduation is approved by AIU ?

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  20. Good day sir !!!
    This has to be brought to focus behalf of under graduates students like me who are aspiring and passionate about doing masters abroad to get a quality education !!! Thanks for sharing !!😊

    Plus, I would like to clarify that , I got a call letter from UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER and this provides me 2 YEARS MSc program in cloud conputing . If one year or two year is the issue , then i guess I shall go with this universitiy since I will get my degree completion as 2 yeas and not as 1 year …

    So , am I goingg in the right path ? Or like a cat on the wall ???

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  21. Students are at fault. I would expect someone who is of age to study Masters to have enough common sense to research such issues BEFORE investing time and money into courses abroad, rather then ranting on about it afterwards.

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    1. Hello Kedar,

      I assure you that no one is RANTING on this issue. Agreed, that UK 1 year masters do not have a chance to carry there further education in India. But those students have a whole world to open for the sake of education or research perspectives where the competition is fair and unbiased. If job perspectives are taken into consideration, then there are several pvt companies which judge the students by there talent and not by there country or year of qualifications. At the end of the day, companies want positive result, no matter from wherever there employees come from. If they think they can be profited by your work, they will hire you, and vice versa. Its only the govt and academic jobs that are to be primly concerned about (very few international PG students are concerned about it).

      Coming back to education needs like doctorate and post doctorate, the students who have completed masters from countries like UK, USA and etc. have a whole world open to them, where there is no differentiation in country wise education along with reasonable scholarships, stipend or research assistantship. I am a UK PG and I deeply wanted to carry my doctorate from India. The Indian universities rejected my applications. However, I have been accepted in four worlds top 100 medical universities for PhD in cancer research, with a scholarship and assistantship. I know five of my friends from different fields who have worked there way out and received offer far more better than that.

      In conclusion, as per I think, the whole issue is not about getting a job or education. The core issue is blocking the level of talent and innovative approach of the UK graduated students which can be of chief importance towards the further infrastructure development in almost all the sectors. Approving 1 year degrees from UK universities (If not all, at least from the commonwealth universities) would definitely boost the infrastructure and innovative approach and hence be beneficial for the country.

      Regards,
      Mitesh

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      1. “students who have completed masters from countries like UK, USA and etc.” – The argument is not over US or any other countries who have a 3+2 or 4+2 (US, Canada) setup. It is over universities offering a 3+1 setup, specifically UK.

        “there is no differentiation in country wise education along with reasonable scholarships, stipend or research assistantship” – I beg to differ. Most countries do have a system to judge the level of equivalence of degrees. A one year masters from UK would not, for example, qualify as equivalent to a New Zealand masters in New Zealand. – http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/studying-in-new-zealand/understand-nz-quals/masters-degree/

        “The core issue is blocking the level of talent and innovative approach of the UK graduated students which can be of chief importance towards the further infrastructure development in almost all the sectors.” – Does this imply that UK graduated students are more talented than their Indian counterparts? Are Indian universities not generating the required intellect for India’s development? And are these students not prioritising better paid jobs in the US and elsewhere over government jobs in India? Not that I am criticising anyone who’s made this choice. Even they are contributing to the cause of development in their own manner.

        “I have been accepted in four worlds top 100 medical universities for PhD in cancer research, with a scholarship and assistantship.” – Hearty congratulations to you! But lets face it; a negligible few number of students study on a scholarship. Most are full fee paying students. Would equating one year UK masters to two year Indian masters not disadvantage the millions who studied the later? This would just benefit the few financially well off to pay international fees.

        “I am a UK PG and I deeply wanted to carry my doctorate from India. The Indian universities rejected my applications.” – In a world of counterfeit and substandard universities, how do you acknowledge a candidates worth? The answer is you assess it yourself. UGC of India got it right with their NET examinations.

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    2. Dear Kedar, I trust even you have come to know of this issue and clause of AIU just because of the discussion that have emerged lately. All our forefathers and builders of India have studied in UK and it has almost become an accepted legacy. Shall I say more? I think Ravi has digressed from the issue to some extent as well. The Govt. of India, even for this year has administered DFID scholarships, which is reportedly valid only for the 1 year Masters courses. Isnt this a two-faced job?

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      1. Dear Apathetique, our ‘forefathers and builders of the country’ studied in UK because of India not having proper education establishments; thanks to the British, but let’s not get into that. So I don’t see how it is a legacy. In fact, if that is the only reason someone is considering studying in the UK, they are better off studying in India.

        And by the way, DFID is a UK Government initiative, not an Indian one. And how is it a two-faced job? Is either DFID or the Indian government promising government jobs, or PhD candidature after studying in UK?

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    3. Dear Kedar,
      I find Indians often misled to think they are very logical which most of them are not and the same is happening with you. Before you made this comment you should have had a slight notion of psychology. We in India grow up with stories of British India and our ancestors who have lived that era. Also, some families have legacy of people studying there including our historical leaders, whether you consider Gandhi or Netaji (dont go around fretting with usage of the word ‘Gandhi’ only). Hence, Britain stays in our minds as a historical destination for higher studies. Unless someone sows a slightest skepticism, how are we to doubt the Masters degrees for which both Britain and ironically, the Govt. of India promotes scholarships each year, including 2015 (without any statutory warning ofcourse). Please either do your homework on facts and logic before commenting on sensitive issues or please do not comment at all.

      By the way, I have personally seen the levels of 2 year Masters students from India. They are kostly pathetique in short.

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  22. Sir my daughter has got admission in University of leicester , UK for 2 yrs master degree .Now she is a final year BE CSC student.Whether it is worth and easy to get Jon in india? If it is valuable in India?But instead of MS the degree provided by the University is Msc. Is it is taken equal to MS in india?Because we want her to be settled in India . preema.kumar@yahoo.co.in

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    1. MS or MSc are the same. The name of the degree is of little concern. In India too the MSc is more commonly used abbreviation. However if your daughter wants to be in India thereafter, it is just better that the degree is of 2 years. I am not sure as to how the degree will be offered since most UK degrees are of 1 year only. If it is 1+1 (two qualifications adding up to 2) then too there will be issues with AIU which gives equivalence to foreign qualifications. Do check with them.

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  23. Dear sir,

    This is an absolutely shocking news for me. I have been planning for my masters in U.K since 2 years and I never happened to come across this shocking truth. I would really like to thank you for sharing this important information. Its a shame that the government does not publicly advertise this issue. I’ll do my bit sharing this blog. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

    Warm regards,
    Akshay

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  24. Sir,

    Does MBA from University of Nottingham recognized in India?
    Will the person be able to get a job in India with that, and if he/she does, will the company not terminate him/her siting the reason of not valid qualification after sometime!!
    Please guide me.

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    1. It is a good University however the degree will not be recognised for further education in India or for employment where the person may be asked to provide equivalence certificate from AIU such as in public sector.

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  25. Hello sir,
    I”m Priya just came in Australia. I want to ask u something about my indian degree.sir I have done m.sc(mathematics) from India.so I want to make use of my degree here. I heard that here education system is totally different so there is no use of my degree.plz sir advise me how can I make my degree worthy.

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  26. Sir, I got an offer from Aston university in UK for the masters program in organizational psychology. The course duration is for one year, and as we have only three years of under graduate for psychology in India, UK is the only country that accepts students with a three year UG degree. I read the blog and I’m in a confused state of whether to accept the offer or not. What do you suggest sir?

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  27. My daughter is planning to join a MS course in Germany. After that, she wants to pursue PhD degree in India. is it possible?. AIU is having MOU with Germany. but the course’s duration is one and half year only. kindly clarrify

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  28. Respected sir,
    My name is Jamadagni and i just finished my masters in law from university of Bedfordshire UK. Is my master degree valid for applying NET exams. If not can you please guide my options and duration of course is 15 months approximately

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    1. Australian Universities are Globally Recognised like UK Universities are. However the degrees have to be considered individually. If an MPA is 2 years duration, India will give it equivalence as a Masters…

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  29. Don’t call yourself a fool! You have an MEng degree or MSc from UK! That’s world wide accepted.
    Okay, now you are graduate of Nottingham University, that’s your problem!

    Needless to say people and the system in India is pathetic. They can accept many fake admissions in their so-called prestigious IITs and Medical Colleges, but not a degree from world leading university. They don’t really know what is University of Nottingham.

    I did do a Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Liverpool and I am having the same experience as you had. But, I don’t really care what people or AIU or AICTE accepts or rejects!

    UK study system is very hard, unlike India, China and Asian Countries. People go there to become independent learner and you can get better opportunities in India as long as you find the right person. Don’t be disheartened, your degree is worth a lot, not many people can have in this country!

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  30. Sir
    I have taken admission into GD. Goenka wold Institute which is affiliated to Lancaster University, UK. I am pursuing BBA(Hons) as my course. I recently came to know about the demerit of getting a Foreign degree in India. I even have plans to do MBA from UK too. So is it possible that i get a job in in a MNC operating in India as i don’t desire to go into any public sector. Will i get a job with my Master degree from UK in India because i want to settle with a job job in India only!

    And if not then how do these institutions give placement assurance from well renowned Companies? Is all that fake?
    Please clearify..!

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    1. Well… I can only say that at this time AIU has severe issues with institutions such as these. It will be worthwhile to ask your institution directly if their degrees are 1)recognised by AIU and UGC/AICTE in India, 2)If they say NO, ask them if students completing a BBA from their institution will be “eligible” to seek admission in a Masters in Delhi University or for programs such as an MBA at IIMs… I am sure you will get vague replies. If they do confirm in positive, exchange emails and keep the emails safely with you for future reference…

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  31. Hi Ravi,
    I got admission in to Oxford for MSc Computer Science program, I’m in confusion whether to accept it or not since the course duration is of 1 year.

    I have 3 years of experience in IT, once I return to India, I’m looking forward to work in IT industry and have NO plans of working in public sector. So, will IT companies in India consider my Masters from Oxford ?

    Thanks & Regards
    Vinod

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    1. Please go ahead. Forget the other issues… Oxford is worth it. I am sure that the employers will value the qualification from Oxford over the current policies of the AIU. The situation is sad but the reality is that a good brand education on your resume matters…

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  32. Hi Ravi,
    I got admission in to Oxford for MSc Computer Science program, I’m in confusion whether to accept it or not since the course duration is of 1 year.

    I have 3 years of experience in IT, once I return to India, I’m looking forward to work in IT industry and have NO plans of working in public sector. So, will IT companies in India consider my Masters from Oxford ?

    Thanks & Regards
    Vinod

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    1. Please go ahead. Forget the other issues… Oxford is worth it. I am sure that the employers will value the qualification from Oxford over the current policies of the AIU. The situation is sad but the reality is that a good brand education on your resume matters…

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  33. Why not try writing to our PM Mr.Modi? To be frank I think he’s someone who wants quality in education and everything related. As AIU is putting forward such absurd conditions, it’s definitely going to restrict the scope of ‘Make in India’. AIU is definitely hindering the future of majority of the students who’s done their courses abroad, all over India. This is an issue that should be discussed in the public media, rather than calumnating indians who get settled abroad with good jobs.

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    1. Groups of affected students have written to Ministry of HRD but to no effect. I can also share that some from the industry too contacted the Minister of HRD’s office last year but the Minister did not respond… Letters and contacts have also been to the PM Office. Thus it appears that the government considers it an issue that is not affecting its vote bank.

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      1. Dear Ravi, may I ask what is the stand of AIU if a person has MSc followed by a PhD from UK both funded by international scholarships like Commonwealth and UK scholarships then wants to join academia in India on the basis of PhD?

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          1. I understand that Ravi. But what I would like to be sure whether I have missed any linein the ‘written’ document from AIU, is there anything written about PhD from UK being valid or not?

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            1. There is no such line for any country… Only when one applies for equivalence certificate do they look at all factors. I would feel that they will grant equivalence to an UK PhD but if that follows an UK Masters (of 1 year), they may not grant the equivalence to the UK Masters… It is a crazy system currently and what the AIU considers is the duration of the degree than the institution… Anyways all this is only after one applies for equivalence… To be eligible for an Indian PhD or to seek entry into the Indian academia, one does need to get the AIU equivalence for all the qualifications attempted.

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  34. Hello!Just stumbled into your blog.Quiet surprising that UK degrees have little,no value in India!Currently waiting for the visa to Uk for my daughter dreaming of Ms in Science after Bsc in India.Does this mean no scope for her on return or to finish doctorate and settle abroad with International degree?Science is treated pathetically here in Msc level and actually quitting mid way for a offer offshore.

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    1. Jayashree, I would not like to deter you from your plans. If your daughter is going to a reputed University, I am sure that there will be many in the private sector in India who will value that qualification. However if she is considering returning to join the Indian Universities or to undertake further studies in India or to take up any other profession that would require her to get an equivalence certificate from AIU, it may be a little difficult. As much as I know, regulations have not changed and AIU (which works under guidance of India’s Ministry of HRD) still requires the Masters to be of 2 year duration for it to be considered a valid Masters.

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      1. Thank you for the reply and guidance.Yes it is University of Glasgow.She has plans to carry on with PhD either there or in Germany.Plans to return are when things improve in the Education field.No laments but there is lots to change.Hoping her decision is wise and will serve her motherland with gained knowledge in a decade.Thanks for the blog.

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  35. My Name is Rajat Thakur and I completed my B.Engg.(Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering in July 2015 from a Indian College which was Collaborated to Coventry University, UK. I am having Coventry University degree. The degree was of 4 years including Foundation Year, Level-1, Level-2, Level-3. This course was approved by AICTE. I want to apply for EQUIVALENCE CERTIFICATE. I want to know my eligibility for this certificate. Kindly let me know the information regarding this.

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    1. I fear that you may not get the equivalence if the foreign university degree was delivered in India. There have been newspaper articles in this regard and you may find out more on them. Check with AIU through applying for equivalence. Without this you can’t even undertake a Master degree in India from an established institution.

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      1. Sir I’m planning to do mba in leadership practice from Edinburgh napier university in scotland . Its a 2year degree so will it be recognised in india . I’m not planning to go in public sector , so how much valuable it will be for private sector in India ?

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          1. Dear Ravi,
            now very recently the India Govt. have started putting the statutory warnings on scholarships ads etc about the 1/2 year schemes. What about the others who have already done their degrees? What is your advice for them? Ofcorse you dont want them to be found to have committed suicide now?

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  36. Dear Mr. Singh,
    My son after finishing 12th went to the UK and completed his Bachelor of laws ( Three year duration) from a reputed university. Now he has come back to India. He is not eligible to practice in India. But he should be eligible to write competitive exams which require a Bachelor degree. He has applied for a certificate of equivalence from AIU. Will the AIU will give the certificate and treat the Bachelor of Laws degree as a general degree rather than a professional degree?

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  37. I have also done one year MBA from university of Wales. I want to know if AIU doesn’t recognise one year UK master degree equivalent to 2 year Indian master degree, then why Rahul Gandhi’s MPhil degree is being considered as it is also a one year master program which he did from Cambridge university. Other question arises is that why does RBI sanctions loan for higher studies in UK, if they know that one year UK master degree is invalid in india for further studies or can’t even apply for government jobs. Centralised banks in india gets variously documents from students regarding recognition of university in that country but then why AIU can’t provide equivalent certificate. AIU needs to amend its equivalent recognition system.

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    1. AIU does need to address the issue. There was some progress made a few years ago but things have been still in a limbo. The equivalence issue comes up only when one is applying for a public sector job or with academia or for further education.

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    2. I personally feel people must unite to file PIL. But it is important to know the stand of people close to the heart of the mass of India, like mr. Ravi Lochan Singh, as to which side he would choose openly, in writing.

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        1. Thanks mr. Singh…. I mean our government has gone into war (as they put it) stampeding their own people,which no other Govt in the world does. This is tyranny. they are leaving us no choice but to commit suicide due to loss of livelihood. This should not go unpunished. It wastheir fault that they did not guide us earlier. forinstance I wanted to study abroad with scholarship which I did, leaving a running job in India. for all this the whimsand fancy of Indian government is directly responsible. Doing community work,asin the profile of Smriti Irani, does not entitle her to decide on every aspect of academics. Are Government bodies producing superclass Indian researchers? any researcharticle which can be repeated in labs is US/european. why separately a ‘make in India’ campaignhasto be declared? why the ‘competent’ scientists in India have not been doing so being so well-qualified?

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        2. Dear Mr. Singh
          I read and understood the complications of all concerned. This is a kind of Bureaucracy which even the dynamic government does not wants to accept. The only way for every affected individual to get justice is through PIL. I fully support it and we have strong point to support as the government supports for Scholarship and loans for all Masters degree as well as 3 year undergraduate engineering degree. UK is the country with the second highest number of Universities in the world Top 50 universities list and the Indian government which pushes its universities for world university does not recognize their degree. This is a real shame on Indian academic system. It shows that this AIU committees doesn’t have a world class academician and it shows that something is fundamentally wrong with the implementation process. The only way forward is through PIL. Do we have a list of affected people to get everybody on board and any idea how we can move forward with the PIL.

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  38. sir,I m in 12 and I am so thankful to you for your guidance to students and saving their life from being devastated by learning them the truth.sir,I want to know that if I am completing my 3 years llb from a university in UK which may not be recognised by BCI then what are the working conditions if I want to settle in UK itself becoming barrister or solicitor.

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  39. Sir
    I did my B.PHARMACY from India and then did a MS in Pharmacology from University of North Dakota USA. It is a 2 years full time degree with a thesis option. However the Pharmacy council of India (PCI) asks for a M.PHARM degree to be eligible for academic positions in public universities in India. Can the AIU help me get an equivalence certificate for the M.S. with an India M.PHARM.
    I am asking this because their site says they don’t deal with Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Law degrees which are taken care of by respective councils.

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  40. I am also one of Taught masters M.SC student from ‘University of Edinburgh’. I feel that I might have made a mistake by joining it. Besides, the curriculum is something which I would talk later, when I finish my coursework.

    To be honest, these british and european education is not something which we Indians can handle, as their masters are specialized program. It is not possible to start a course work, if there is no previous background in that subject. I have chosen Machine Learning, and I am sure to fail that subject.

    But yes, the curriculum is certainly great, and prepare for research work.

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  41. Sir,

    I am currently in my final year of my Undergraduate in India. I have obtained conditional admits from UK Universities. I wish to pursue a masters and PhD in future in UK. Shall I go forward with the process?

    Now I am confused by reading these posts.

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    1. Its your decision. If your intention is to return to India after your Masters and seek further admission in India or if you are looking at taking up employment with academic institutions or with government/public sector, then only you will require an equivalence certificate from AIU.

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  42. sir,
    I’m planning to do my BBA in HR (Human Resource Management) from UK. So after i complete my course from uk then is my degree from UK is valid in other countries??

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  43. Congratulations Mr. Ravi for keeping the post active. I have a dilemma i am a british citizen with a masters degree (1yr) who has got accepted to an indian university for PhD. If my degree was recognised and accepted for the program, what is the issue with an indian citizen who has done a masters in UK?

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    1. If you have been accepted in an Indian University for a PhD with a British 1 year Masters, this is very interesting. There are not many examples. I am surprised that the Indian institution has not asked for an equivalence certificate from AIU. Once that is asked that the issue arises.

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  44. Mr Ravi, However this rule appears only in ‘Information Bulletin – 2009 (Recognition of Qualifications & Equivalence of Degrees). Morever, I have got the equivalence certificate for my PhD very recently. For that, I submitted the complete documents of school certificates, degree, masters and PhD certificates.

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  45. Dear Ravichandran, you mean you got equivalence certificate from AIU? And your Masters and PhD was from UK?

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