Process for Making Foreign Degree Equivalence by Tribhuvan University (TU)

Tribhuvan University (TU)

Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal’s oldest and largest university, has simplified the procedure for getting degree equivalents. The equivalency procedure has already come under fire for being unnecessarily difficult and time-consuming.

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The TU Executive Council updated its guidelines for recognizing and awarding degree equivalency during a meeting on August 30, 2022. The Executive Council’s Secretariat head, Bishnu Aryal, underlined the necessity for a more direct strategy. The new regulations aim to expedite the application process for students who attended internationally renowned universities.

The updated guideline states that applicants for equivalency merely need to submit documentation indicating their university’s position in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, which ranges from 1 to 500. As a result, it is no longer necessary to look into instances of intellectual theft before giving such titles.

Admission eligibility, study duration, credit hours, and course load would no longer be barriers to equivalent, according to Sushil Dahal, head of the equivalency department of the Curriculum Development Center. But it’s imperative that all records remain correct.

Dahal clarified that the sectors of science, technology, engineering, medicine, forestry, agriculture, and information technology would not recognize degrees obtained through online learning and private schools. Additionally, it is no longer necessary for universities in Nepal to apply to TU for equivalency.

Students who obtained degrees from domestic and overseas colleges and returned to Nepal in the past encountered difficulties with the equivalency procedure. Chief Aryal noted these worries and added that TU intended to address them by streamlining the procedure.

Aryal stressed the university’s dedication to upholding government obligations and implementing ethical standards. The university will now take factors like admission requirements, length of study, credit hours, and cost into account when granting equivalency to degrees from other institutions, both domestically and internationally.

Additionally, they have removed Schedule 2, which called for various documents, due to its unfeasibility. As a result of this move, both new employees and students at TU will earn degree equivalency prior to employment.

In accordance with the updated approach, numerous institutions in Nepal now have permission to recognize both domestic and foreign credentials and to create equivalence and grading through corresponding Acts. Students applying to the TU Service Commission or enrolling in TU courses will receive degree equivalents from the university. On request from the Nepali government, a provincial government, a municipal body, or another entity, it will also provide an equivalent, though.

It’s important to note that the new policy does not accept MPhil or PhD degrees earned through open or distant learning. This action will significantly speed up the procedure and guarantee fairness for all Tribhuvan University students seeking degree equivalence.