A one-year Master’s degree earned at a foreign university is not recognized in India and does not meet the requirements for a PhD. However, changes are on the horizon, bringing with them the dreams of many youngsters. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), a non-profit organization that acts as a mediator between universities and the government, has conducted a credit mapping project to assess academic credits from other nations and so make degree equivalence easier.

In India, one credit is earned by completing 15 hours of classroom instruction, 30 hours of laboratory work, or 30 hours of self-learning time (including classroom hours) through the choice-based credit system (CBCS). Although the UGC has not set a precise amount of credits for a postgraduate or master’s degree, an average of 80 credits is required in IITs, NITs, and other AICTE-approved institutes.

In the United Kingdom, a one-year Master’s degree requires 180 credits to be completed in 1,800 hours whereas India necessitates 40 to 49 credits per year (depending on the curriculum) to be completed in 1,200 to 1,400 hours.

US institutions, on the other hand, require 30 credits each year in 1,350 hours, EU universities require 60 credits in 1,500 to 1,800 hours, and UK universities require 120 credits in 1,200 hours per year. The AIU’s ‘credit mapping’ paper aims to reform the way degrees are awarded.


Source: The Print