Allow Foreign University Campuses: NITI Aayog

The NITI Aayog has submitted a report to the Prime Minister’s Office and HRD Ministry seeking to invite foreign universities to set up campuses in India.

The report says foreign universities will help meet India’s demand for higher education, increase competition, and improve higher education standards.

NITI Aayog has suggested three routes to permit entry of foreign education providers:

  1. A new law to regulate the operation of such universities in the country;
  2. An amendment to the UGC Act of 1956 and deemed university regulations to let them in as deemed universities; and
  3. Facilitating their entry by tweaking UGC and AICTE regulations on twinning arrangements between Indian and foreign institutions to permit joint ventures.

There are currently 651 foreign education providers in India which have either entered into collaborative twinning programmes, share faculty with partnering institutions and offering distance education.

Source: The Indian Express