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Old 10-17-2006, 10:27 PM
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Default Does an Indian degree hold any value in the US?

I have a bachelors from Madras University, Masters through distance education from Annamalai University and an MPhil from Madurai Kamaraj University. These are regionally accredited in India however wish to know if foriegn universities accept these Indian universities for admission in distance education Phd? I cannot take a residency program as I am busy with work and family activities. Please advice.
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:46 AM
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Talking Well its better then nothing :)

Well according to internatonal laws credit card be transfer you better start emailing some U.S universties to see if they accept the universtiy accreditation. and here is somthing really messed up some university will not accept it while others will.

Anyways !

Anyways you need to research this field,
which is kind of Ironic because PhD is all about research
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:15 AM
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lol... actually, it is a little ironic, isn't it?

India, each university had different rules about which credits will transfer and which won't. Like Kyle says, it's important to check with each university independantly to see how your credits will transfer. Good luck!
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:22 AM
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I think it depends on the particular university or institution. I don't see any reason why the credits shouldn't be transferable to at least some reputable institutions.
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:58 AM
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I think Lyric is right. It depends on the University. As for you, Madras University is a deemed university and is recognised in India. I do not know about its credentials in the US though. I know a few people have moved over to the US with Bachelor's or Master's degree from Univ. of Madras. But, I have no idea about long distance PhD. You may need to do a bit of studying in this regard. For eg. check out genuine Universities in the USA through Consulate of US at Chennai. They have a good library there. Then, contact the Universities you are interested to check out if your degree is acceptable. All the best. and please do update us. That would benefit other seekers.
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Old 10-22-2006, 08:02 PM
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I would contact any schools you are interested in long before you spend any money because there have been many instances where people from other countries have claimed to have this degree or that degree when they really didn't have anything at all, not saying that this is you but often the outcome is really not good. Then there are some people who have degrees that outplay our degrees so it can work either way. But I would think that they might want you to take some test beforehand to show the level of knowledge that you have to make sure that you are placed properly.
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:06 AM
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i think you should check with schools first, that is very important!
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Old 09-03-2008, 09:51 PM
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Default Madurai Kamaraj University

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MKU now operates a US office. I spoke with their representative there some months ago but at the time they had no website or materials to send. Although prices are better than IGNOU, it sounds like foreigners are being charged perhaps 5X more than Indians in India. I don't mind paying a premium but it seems gouging - $1000 per semester (or was it per year, I forget). And that price is for full or part-time.

Can you share what you paid per year?
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:43 PM
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Default Common practice -- necessity dictates.

Hi

First - DegreeIndia, I think your best bet, that will trump any argument, is to submit your credentials to a recognized North American credential evaluator, such as WES. Then you and ANY prospective school over here will know the EXACT equivalence of your degree.

They're at http://www.wes.org

Second - Hermes, it seems Indian universities in general (or at least those with DL) have woken up to the fact they can charge foreigners (those outside SAARC countries) a hefty premium. As you've found, both IGNOU and MKU have two-tier rates.

I guess they feel it is necessary to help them survive and keep prices down for their own nationals. As occurs here in Canada, the domestic tuition rate is said to represent only a fraction of the "real" cost of the student's attendance. The difference is made up largely by government support and the "real" price (or more) is charged to any foreign students. Yeah - the 5X rate hurts - but it's probably been deliberately calculated as what the traffic will bear. The school obviously doesn't care if everybody in the world can afford to attend; the affordability concern only applies (rightly, i.m.o.) to their own nationals and those of a select few neighbouring countries. The rest of us can like it or lump it - and that's fair, in my book.

Here in Canada, our universities also charge a "foreign rate" that's 'way over what Canadians pay -- somewhere between 2 and 3 times as much. Not 5 times, for sure, but then again, we're starting from a MUCH higher point. As I believe you're aware, Canadian university students pay tuition of - maybe 2 to 2 1/2 times on average - the $1,000 per semester you mentioned. The foreign-student surcharge is for exactly the same reason. The higher amount exacted from foreign students offsets the fact that they (or, more accurately their parents) have not paid years and years of Canadian taxes, partly in support of the universities.

I could end up being corrected, but I believe the same practice is common in most countries. If we don't like the way India (or any other country) does it, then I guess we're free to study elsewhere. There's always PFC, Ashworth and the Big 3.

Johann

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Old 09-05-2008, 03:20 AM
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MKU now operates a US office. I spoke with their representative there some months ago but at the time they had no website or materials to send. Although prices are better than IGNOU, it sounds like foreigners are being charged perhaps 5X more than Indians in India. I don't mind paying a premium but it seems gouging - $1000 per semester (or was it per year, I forget). And that price is for full or part-time.

Can you share what you paid per year?
Last I saw their website, Madurai Kamaraj University www.mkuniversity.org was charging grad students $1800US a year for foreigners and 1800 Indian rupees a year for Indians.

1800 rupees ~ $42
$1800 ~ 78,000 rupees
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