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UGC Warns Indian Students Of Not Taking Admission In Chinese Universities Due To Travel Curbs As COVID-19 Infections Spike

The UGC warned students interested in studying at Chinese universities on Friday to be mindful of travel limitations before enrolling.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) warned students interested in studying at Chinese universities on Friday to be mindful of travel limitations before enrolling.

“Any prospective student needs to be aware that the Government of People’s Republic of China has imposed strict travel restrictions in the wake of COVID-19 and suspended all visas since November 2020,” read official notification by the UGC.

“A large number of Indian students have not been able to return to China to continue their studies due to these restrictions. Thus far, there has been no relaxation in the restrictions,” it added.

As a result, Chinese authorities have stated that classes will be held online. The UGC warned that without prior clearance, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) does not recognise degree courses pursued solely online.

The warning came after a number of Chinese institutions posted admission announcements for various degree programmes for the current and forthcoming academic years.

“Students are advised to exercise due diligence in choosing where to pursue higher education to avoid further problems in employment or higher studies,” the notification stated.

Earlier this month, the National Medical Commission (NMC) issued a similar warning against enrolling in online medical courses offered by many Chinese colleges. It claimed that the commission does not recognise or authorise any medical course that is only offered online.

Due to the Omicron strain, China is now experiencing its biggest COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic began in late 2019. According to national health officials, the country has registered more than 56,000 cases since March 1.

Many of these instances have been documented in northeastern Jilin province, and many of them are asymptomatic. Hong Kong, which tracks its COVID-19 data separately, is not included in the figures.

In October of last year, the AICTE issued a warning to students travelling to Pakistan. The AICTE stated in its warning that Indian citizens and Overseas Indian citizens must obtain a NOC from the AICTE before enrolling in engineering and technology courses in Pakistan.

When it issued the warning to Pakistani institutions, the AICTE stated that a degree received from an unrecognised university is not equal to a degree obtained from an Indian institution. Even after paying exorbitant sums to obtain degrees from such unrecognised institutions, such students experience difficulties finding work in India.

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