As part of an overhaul of the South Asian nation’s higher education, India has taken a step toward enabling major international universities such as Yale, Oxford, and Stanford to establish campuses and award degrees.
The University Grants Commission published a draft legislation for public feedback on Thursday, seeking to enable the admission and operation of foreign institutions in the country for the first time. According to the draft, the local campus can decide on admission criteria for domestic and international students, fee structure, and scholarships. The institutions will be free to hire academics and personnel as they see fit.
The administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aiming to reform the country’s severely controlled education industry, allowing Indian students to gain international diplomas at a low cost and making India an appealing worldwide study destination. The move will also assist foreign institutions in reaching out to the country’s young population.
Despite the fact that India’s institutions and colleges have produced CEOs at firms ranging from Microsoft Corp. to Alphabet Inc., many fare poorly in global rankings. To become more competitive and address the widening gap between college curriculum and market need, the country’s education system must be strengthened. It is now ranked 101 out of 133 nations in the 2022 Global Talent Competitiveness Index, which assesses a country’s capacity to grow, attract, and retain talent.
Some colleges have already formed alliances with Indian institutions, allowing students to study in India while finishing their degrees on the main campus overseas. The existing policy will encourage these foreign universities to establish campuses without the involvement of local partners.
The draft version of the University Grants Commission will be presented to Parliament for approval before becoming law.
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