Foreign Universities in India
List of foreign universities in India:
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
- Schulich School of Business
- Boston University
- Middlesex University
- Duke University
Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operation) Bill
It aims to regulate the entry and operation of foreign educational institutions seeking to impart higher education. Every foreign educational institution intending to operate in India has to be notified as a foreign educational provider by the central government on the recommendation of the registrar (secretary of the University Grants Commission). The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in May 2010, and then referred to a parliamentary standing committee. The committee gave its report in May 2011.
The foreign universities bill was approved by the union Cabinet in March this year (2010) and was introduced in the Lok Sabha on May 3, 2010.
The bill, once passed, has the potential to create the same impact on India’s higher education sector as the economic liberalisation and deregulation in the 90s had on India’s industrial sector.
The bill is unclear whether reservation of seats for OBC and SC/ST students would be an eligibility criterion for the foreign educational institutions to be notified as Foreign Education Providers (FEP).
The FEPs would be treated as Indian private universities and allowed to set their own fee and would be exempt from reservations. Also, one of the concerns expressed in the monograph is the imposition of the condition that no repatriation of profits will be allowed might act as a deterrent for the foreign universities to enter India. Without a possibility of taking back its invested capital, a foreign institution might simply choose to not enter the Indian education sector.
How will it Impact Indian Universities?
The government’s nod to allow foreign universities to open campuses in India is drawing flak from educationists. They say universities won’t become Oxford if they set up in India.
Kapil Sibal says,
The universities that are going to be set up at all in India should have an Indian eco-system. Why should we want an Oxford here? We don’t get children from Eaton and Harrow. But yes, the quality of an Oxford is required in terms of research – of academics, knowledge generation and syllabi flexibility. So we should build institutions which are equivalent to those outside the country. And allow quality to come into the country, because there’s a huge gap between supply and demand. And since demand is going to increase exponentially, because India has a young population, we need to increase the institution of the supply. And all stakeholders – industry, private sector, foreign universities and public partnership should have a chance to participate in the system.
Foreign universities are collaborating for research, but are hesitant to set up campuses in India because the Indian government regulations restrict aspects of administration including fees, salary and research grant.
Kapil Sibal says,
On the contrary, there are no regulations today, because we don’t have a law. We want to regulate these to ensure that quality institutions come in. They should have the freedom that they are entitled to under the national laws because we are changing the structure of our laws. They will have to go through an accreditation process and can teach what they want, in the manner they want and there will be no interference in those processes.
I work at the University in NZ and am appalled at the quality and standard of education offered here for each and every child. Kapil Sibal’s initiative in join hands with Australian Univ is a landmark in improving the education sector in India. I personally would like to set up primary education and university level education in Indian towns and need to know more about the financial support offered by the government for beginners like me with grand vision for uplifting the village and town people of India -S Abraham
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