International exposure at reduced costs
Aeshwarya Tiwari, 31 Mar 2016

Jyotsna Krishna from Bangalore who founded ‘Joy Greens Landscaping and Consultancy Services’ credits her entrepreneurial success to the international exposure she got when she did her ‘B.Tech in Environmental Landscape Horticulture’ from Dalhousie University, Canada under dual degree collaboration with Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU). She had joined BSc (Horticulture) at TNAU in 2008 and after her third year, joined Dalhousie University and completed her B.Tech in 2012. “Everyone who asks me whether dual degree programmes was worth it, I say yes, to me it was. My intention was to learn something new, make new friends, earn money, struggle and understand the intricacies of life, this would be an eye opener for Indians,” she said. In collaboration with Dalhousie University, TNAU runs at least four undergraduate programmes. “The primary advantage of a dual degree is that the students get one degree from TNAU and another degree from Dalhousie University, Canada in four years,” says Dr K. Ramasamy, Vice Chancellor, TNAU

Dr K. RamasamyDual degree programmes

Under dual degree programmes one can pursue two university degrees simultaneously in different countries, studying the first two years, if it is a B.Tech, in host country and the other two abroad. The plus point is that you complete two degrees in the time span for one, gives you international exposure and cuts costs when compared to completing a single course abroad.


Twinning Programme

Under twinning programmes students can complete part of their studies in India and the rest in a foreign college. Foreign educators prefer adopting twinning mode to operate in India because they have least stakes and maximum income. Indian students, on the other hand prefer twinning because the total cost is less in exchange for a foreign degree and international exposure.  Twining programme offers a cost-effective opportunity for exploring international academic atmospheres through collaborations with universities abroad. The programme aims to expose students to world-class facilities and academic practices as they spend significant term of the course overseas.


Admission and selection

Generally these programmes are open to all aspirants in Indian universities. Private universities give admission through their own entrance exams. For undergraduate courses, candidates must have minimum 60 percent marks in their 10+2 and if you are going for an engineering course, then one must have 60 percent marks in PCM subjects. Apart from private engineering entrance exams, universities also taking admission on the basis of JEE (Mains) score.

Jyotsna KrishnaJyotsna Krishna,
Joy Greens Landscaping and Consultancy Services


Everyone who asks me whether dual degree programmes was worth it, I say yes, to me it was. My intention was to learn something new, make new friends, earn money, struggle and understand the intricacies of life. This would be an eye opener for Indians.


SRM University

The ‘Academy for International Programme (AIP)’ at SRM University enable students to take up ‘Twinning (Transfer) Degree overseas and Dual Degree overseas’ programmes.’ The students, under a programme structured as ‘2+ 2 program’ are expected to complete first 2 years of B.Tech at SRM and the rest at the foreign university.  The credits of the 4th year are transferred to SRM which awards the degree. At least 80 to 100 students have obtained foreign degree so far under the programme. “Our programme’s curriculum is as per the requirements of the partner university. For a Master’s programme with Carnegie Mellon, the first year curriculum is modelled exactly as the CMU programme; and for the other programmes, course mapping is done to ensure that full credit requirements are met,” says Kartar Singh, Director, International Relations.


Manipal University

Manipal University, Manipal runs undergraduate twinning degree programmes in collaboration with universities in the USA, UK or Australia.  “We offer unique undergraduate engineering programmes wherein the first two years are held in Manipal, and the next two in one of the partner universities. The international partner university provides the engineering degree on completion of the course,” says Dr Ramjee B, Director, International Collaborations, Manipal University.


Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University

The part-time programme in ‘Engineering, Master of Science in Embedded Systems’ (MSES) was started by the University in 2009. The 2-year programme in the domain of semiconductors is spread across weekends to suit professionals. The twinning arrangement in Engineering with University at Buffalo (UB), New York requires a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, science or technology or a Postgraduate Degree (MSc, MCA). The University also offers MBA in collaboration with University at Buffalo.


Thapar University

Thapar University offers B.Tech in collaboration with Trinity College, Dublin. Dr Prakash Gopalan, Director of the University says the curriculum is synchronized with that of Trinity College, which places greater emphasis on research. “The Trinity curriculum is aimed at developing the critical faculties of the mind through freedom of expression, willingness to engage in debate, and original research. Employers worldwide hold Trinity graduates in high esteem,” says Dr Gopalan. “About 600 applications were received for the programme and currently 52 students are enrolled in 2015-16 batch. This batch will be joining Trinity in 2017 aftertheir first two years here,” Dr Gopalan added.


Shiv Nadar University

The dual B.S./B.Tech degree programme in the domains of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering commenced in 2013. The students are required to study alternate years at the Greater Noida and Carnegie Mellon University’s Pittsburg campus through the 4-year programme. This programme has been designed with a common curriculum where the students pursuing the programme will be awarded two degrees. The students will be awarded a Bachelor in Technology from SNU and a Bachelor in Science in Engineering from CMU. Students also have opportunities to undertake summer internships in both the US and India.


According to Dr Ramjee, such programmes ensure international exposure in addition to various specializations, the backing of world-class infrastructure, renowned faculty and international curriculum. These programmes are built on the principle of deep academic collaboration to bring important benefits to the students.

Select Twinning/Dual Degree programmes on offer




Years in India 

Years Abroad

SRM University,

B.Tech/BS Twinning; M.Tech/MS
(Dual Degree)

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

2 (Twinning)/
3 (Dual)

2 Twinning)

2 (Dual)

Manipal University, Manipal

B.Tech/BS Twinning

University of Miami, Drexel University, Kent State University, USA*

Thapar University,

B.Tech (Twinning)

Trinity College, Dublin

Amrita University, Coimbatore


University at Buffalo, USA

Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore

(Dual Degree)

Dalhousie University, Canada


Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar

(Dual Degree)

Carnegie Mellon University, USA

VIT University, Vellore


University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts

Christ University, Bangalore


Western Michigan University, USA

Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam

M.S. Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

Kansas State University, USA

M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore

MSc (Engineering)/MBA

Coventry University, UK

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