UKIBC write to MHRD to collaborate with UK in online learning

By UK India Business Council (UKIBC)

UK Universities are well placed to support India with online learning in the face of COVID-19 and beyond, as we set out in our latest submission to the MHRD in India.

The coronavirus lockdown has meant that educational institutions across the country have had to temporarily close their doors, resulting in an increased demand for online learning. Universities and colleges across the world are working hard to move all their courses and curricula onto digital platforms as quickly as possible to ensure the least disruption to students’ education.

Accordingly, the UKIBC has written to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on behalf of our members with practical and important recommendations to support their efforts.

We outlined the valuable support that UK universities can offer to India’s higher education sector in this space. UK universities are very keen to collaborate with Indian institutions and the Indian government to share knowledge and best practices in the field of e-learning.

We believe that all UK higher education institutions (HEIs) with the right specialisms should be able to collaborate with Indian counterparts to build capacity and jointly deliver online degree programmes in India. As set out in our November 2018 report, Beyond the Top 200, we believe that limiting participation to just the top 200 globally ranked universities – as Indian regulations currently do – is too restrictive and that a much more flexible approach is the real need of the hour.

UK HEIs have longstanding experience of online curriculum delivery and assessment. They have gained invaluable experience and introduced pioneering innovative solutions to deliver the best digital education experience to their students across the globe.

The UKIBC looks forward to continuing our dialogues and interactions with our members and with Government in this space and the wider higher education sector.

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