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U.K. university to award degree in India

Hasan Suroor

LONDON: As India prepares to open its doors to foreign universities, at least one British university already has a foot in the door through a joint venture with the University of Madras and several other Indian institutions.

The Northampton University is to launch a master's degree in Environmental Technology at Madras University in February next year under a joint U.K.-India programme aimed at promoting research links between the two countries.

“We're very excited about it,” Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor of Northampton University told The Hindu.

Although the course would be delivered by teachers from both universities, the final degree would be awarded by the University of Northampton.

“At the end of their studies, students will achieve an MSc in International Environmental Management from the University of Northampton,” he said, pointing out that it was a model that other British Universities were also likely to follow.

The Northampton University already has offices in India and recruits some 250 students every year. It also has links with the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) — a part of Anna University in Chennai — and the University of Mumbai. These links would be developed further as India liberalised its policy on foreign universities.

Playing down the hype that British universities would rush to set up campuses in India once the “market” opened up, Professor Petford said most institutions were likely to build on their existing links with their Indian counterparts rather than having their own independent infrastructure.

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