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The .edu domain is intended for accredited post-secondary educational U.S. institutions. It is managed under the authority of the United States Department of Commerce.
.edu is for US education establishments. Does India have an equivalent (eg UK has .ac.uk)
- no individual human being can get a .edu domain.
- only proper universities can acquire .edu domains
- only US universities can get .edu domains.
Getting a .edu domain is like getting a .gov domain (to get a .gov you must be an actual arm of the govt, though a waiver was issued to create a change.gov domain for the Obama administration, but even that request was initially denied because it is to generic to meet GSA rules).
only US universities can get .edu domains.
Pssst, only Accredited U.S. institutions can get .edu TLDs. :)
Eligibility for a .edu domain name is limited to U.S. postsecondary institutions that are institutionally accredited, i.e., the entire institution and not just particular programs, by agencies on the U.S.
Oh, and you won't be able to buy an existing one either.
Whew! I feel safer now.
There are a large number of quasi governmental agencies/bodies which rightfully can place their agency sites under the .gov gTLD. They are creations of government and are granted limited governmental powers, such as the power to condemn property in the case of development authorities or the power to levy taxes/surcharges or the power to issue bonds, etc.
Thus endeth today's digression into government. Back to real work. ;)
Thus a business school or university in Europe - or anywhere else in the world - could set up legitimately in the US, go through the accreditation processes and eventually get a .edu TLD.
Not quite worth that amount of time and trouble though, lol!
You can purchase a .edu the same way as a .com if it was grandfathered under previous rules.
My understanding is that you CANNOT purchase a previously owned .edu according to EDUCAUSE guidelines. They are not transferable under most instances. I'm sure there are a "few" exceptions to the rule but that whole .edu space is being clamped down on. Give it a few more years and I think EDUCAUSE will have cleaned up most of it.
I've seen more than one 'diploma mill' with an .edu domain over the years.
Many of us have. It's unfortunate because many of those grandfathered .edu domains leave a negative mark on the rest of the space.
My understanding is that you CANNOT purchase a previously owned .edu according to EDUCAUSE guidelines.
Those are the current guidelines. .edu domains that were registered @ the mid 90's were registered under different guidelines and the registrants of those domains adhere to the guidelines at the time of registration. I'm quite certain those guidelines did allow transfer of the domain to a different owner.
Those are the current guidelines. .edu domains that were registered @ the mid 90's were registered under different guidelines and the registrants of those domains adhere to the quidelines at the time of registration.
That would be incorrect. All terms and conditions under the previous .edu space are NULL and VOID since EDUCAUSE took over the space in 2001.
1.1.g "Grandfathered Institution." A "Grandfathered Institution" is a registrant that was permitted to register a .edu name under terms established by prior managers of the .edu domain. The terms of this Agreement applies to all registrants including "Grandfathered Institution(s)" no matter the original registration date of the domain name. All prior terms and conditions to which the Customer may have agreed under prior managers of .edu registry are null and void from the date EDUCAUSE assumed management of the .edu registry, excepting that the Grandfathered Institution may retain those .edu names registered under prior managers. All names registered after October 29, 2001, must meet the current eligibility requirements. All Grandfathered Institutions are subject to the terms of this agreement.
EDUCAUSE Customer Service Agreement
I'm quite certain those guidelines did allow transfer of the domain to a different owner.
And your thoughts on the matter now? ;)
1.1.h “Grandfathered Name.” A “Grandfathered Name” is a .edu domain name registered prior to October 29, 2001, the date EDUCAUSE assumed management of the .edu registry and registrar functions.
9. COMPLIANCE WITH .edu RULES AND POLICIES. You agree to abide by all rules and policies applicable to the .edu domain .......“Grandfathered Institutions” are exempted for “Grandfathered Names” at this time pursuant Amendment 6 to the Cooperative Agreement.....
Once EDUCAUSE becomes aware of a violation of the .edu rules and policies, EDUCAUSE will notify the Registrant in writing via email and first class mail and, if the violation is not corrected within 45 days, will remove the registration of such .edu name and EDUCAUSE will return the name to the pool of available names as soon as practicable. Violations will be noted and dealt with regardless of how long such violations were in place prior to notification.
I'm letting you know that EDUCAUSE is taking no prisoners in this process. If the .edu is in violation of the current rules and regulations, there is a good chance that .edu is going to be terminated and returned to the pool for an "Accredited" institution to take control of.
Keep in mind that EDUCAUSE are the sole registrar for the .edu TLD. I've seen them make a lot of changes since they took over management of the TLD, good ones too.
Pursuant to Amendment 6 to the Cooperative Agreement
Ah, we've got to include this reference...
EDUCAUSE Policy Information Amendment 6
2003-07-25 - [net.educause.edu...]
Names in the .edu top-level domain, regardless of when issued, may not be transferred in any way by the Registrant to any other entity. "Transferring" includes selling, trading, leasing, assigning, or any other means of transferring.
If you don't drill down through all the EDUCAUSE Amendments, you'll miss where the changes took place that negate whatever may be written about Grandfathering at the top level.
P.S. I know you are back over there now digging through the docs! ;)
However, if you know any student or organization they may let you setup a page such as : www.univerity.edu/indiaclub/studentname
I have an account at a large university. I can make as many such pages as I want (though I could also get fired if I used them in any way that violated university rules, so I don't). I even have access to another academic account on a supercomputer at another university because I have a collaborative project with someone there.
Anyway, my experience is that being hosted on a .edu doesn't provide any magic sauce. Literally, I type in exact phrases on topics related to my research and sometimes don't even come up using a site: command. When I do, it's a tag or category-level page one click removed from my actual content.
In that sense, those .edu pages perform worse than a two week-old .info domain. They don't rank and they are PR0.
Somebody (martinibuster I think) recently said that links from .edu domains have value for the same reasons as any other domain. If you can get a link from a page that is a recognized authority page in your area, then it will have great value, but I think the days when a .edu was assumed to be pure and therefore got a huge boost were killed off by the .edu viagra spammers of a couple years ago.
At least in my experience, a personal .edu page with few inbound links has little authority and passes little value of any sort unless there is some reason that it would do so apart from the accident of the TLD.
I think the days when a .edu was assumed to be pure and therefore got a huge boost were killed off by the .edu viagra spammers of a couple years ago.
I experienced differently. I manage a club website in a university and each back link has boosted my sites performance on Google SERP's.
I have ranked pretty well for those specific keywords in a matter of weeks.
I'm not saying a .edu link doesn't have value. I'm saying that value comes from the same factors that make a .com link valuable or not, not some magic juice from the TLD.
Of course, I could be wrong. My experience is pretty limited. Just what I've seen.
...you cannot get a new .edu domain unless your organiation fulfils the criterium outlined.
Does .edu boost rankings? A quick g.com search for 'mba' (as a competitive international example) doesn't show a .edu on the first page.
Likely now only of limited value if you're aiming at the domestic north american market.