Universities Association

Though not a regulatory agency, an important organisation associated with university education is the Association of Indian universities (IAIU)
Address: AIU House, 16 Kotla Marg, New Delhi-110002.
Website: Official Website of Association of Indian Universities(IAIU).

It was formed at the initiative of the government of India as the Inter-universities board (IUB) of India and Ceylon on March 23, 1925. It was registered under the Society Registration act, 1860 as an autonomous inter-university organisation. All universities and university level institutions in India are members of the AIU. The membership includes traditional universities, open universities, agricultural universities, institutions of national importance and deemed-to-be universities. In addition, there is a provision of granting of Associate Membership to universities of neighbouring countries.

Universities are represented on the AIU by their Vice-Chancellors. It is a forum for university administration and academics to come together to exchange views and discuss matters of common concern.

Among the major objectives of the AIU are: coordinating the work of universities, establishing equivalence of degrees by Indian and foreign universities, assisting universities in obtaining recognition for their degrees, diplomas and examinations from other universities, Indian as well as foreign, establishing and maintaining a sports organisation for promoting sports among universities, developing question banks in various subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, maintaining a data bank of dissertations accepted by universities for awarding doctoral degrees. Decision making on equivalence of foreign qualifications is vested in the AIU’s Equivalence and Standing Committee 15 -19 Vice-Chancellors.

The book, Equivalence of Foreign Degrees (as amended up to September 1995) published by it shows recognition accorded by it and by Indian universities to various foreign examinations. The AIU has also been co-opted on the Board of Assessment for Educational Qualifications set up by the Government of India for the purpose of recognition of academic and professional qualifications (except health and medicine related subjects) for employment in posts and services under the Central Government. The AIU has now undertaken the task of granting equivalence to degrees awarded in India by foreign educational institutions which have tie-up arrangements with Indian institutions (See Chapter 14,-“Invasion”of Foreign Education). The Research Division of AIU undertakes in-depth studies on various aspects of higher education. The results of the research are disseminated through the publication of books and monographs.

Handbook of Indian Universities published every alternate year is an important source book for higher education in the Country. It contains information on university level institutions including 52 `Deemed Universities' in India, 40 Agricultural Universities 162 traditional universities, 33 technical, 18 medical, 3 Information technology,1 Journalism, 6 Law and 10 open universities. It contains information relating to Officers and Deans of Faculties, Library and Research Facilities, Scholarships and Fellowships, Academic Year - last date for admission and the approximate dates of examinations, tuition fees, hostel facilities, courses of Studies, Minimum educational requirements for admission to each course, duration and subjects of study for each course; Names of Faculties; Professors and Readers/Associate Professors with their specializations (department-wise); Names of affiliated/constituent Colleges, together with names of Principals and Heads of Postgraduate Departments in the Colleges. An introductory chapter giving an overview of the University System in India has also been included.