UAE to issue equivalency for Indian degrees

UAE to issue equivalency for Indian degrees

Abu Dhabi - The embassy also issued clarifications on the issue.


A Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 31 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 31 Mar 2019, 10:31 PM

In a huge relief for many expats, the Ministry of Education has agreed to issue equivalency for all Indian degrees that match the set criteria, the Indian embassy has announced.
Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri said the ministry has agreed to accept Indian academic and professional certificates after the embassy issued clarifications on the issue of the external and internal marks mentioned in mark lists.

"There was lack of clarity about the fact that some of our universities issue both internal and external mark sheets as part of their degrees. These were not accepted by the UAE side, leading to considerable difficulty for those seeking jobs and even for some teachers already holding jobs," the envoy told Khaleej Times. Many Indians were caught in a tight spot after their degree certificates were rejected for equivalency, and they had approached the embassy seeking help.  According to a Press release issued by the embassy, Suri called on the UAE Minister of Education, Hussain Al Hammadi, to resolve the issue.
"I am happy that after substantive discussions with the ministry, the issue has been resolved and equivalence will be provided to all applicants who meet other relevant requirements. I must thank the minister for his support and understanding," said Suri.
"I am sure the decision by the ministry will come as a huge relief to many Indians who were struggling to get equivalence for their degrees," the ambassador added.
UAE equivalency on Indian degrees is mandatory for Indians to work in the UAE. 
According to the embassy Press release, the ministry has conveyed that it has reviewed the information provided to it through the 'Action Plan for Academic and Administrative Reforms' issued by the India's University Grant Commission (UGC).
The UAE ministry has come to know that the word 'external' in the mark sheet reflects the method of evaluation and not place of study and notified that it has no objection to equivalence those degrees that meet all other certificate equivalency criteria.

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