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Indian bill to allow foreign universities to operate

Postby bharathh » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:17 pm

Indian bill to allow foreign universities to operate


India's government has approved a plan to allow foreign universities to set up campuses and offer degrees in India.

The proposal, which needs to be ratified by parliament, is expected to benefit thousands of Indian students who head abroad to study.

India is reforming its higher education system after concerns that it faces a shortfall of qualified graduates.

Every year thousands of English-speaking Indians head to countries such as the US and Australia to study.

Despite having top quality educational institutions, India is unable to meet the demand for a quality education, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi says.

Some analysts project that India's growing economy will face a shortfall of half a million qualified graduates over the next five years.

Federal Education Minister Kapil Sibal described the bill as "a milestone which will enhance choices, and increase competition and benchmark quality".

If parliament approves the law it could see universities such as Harvard and Oxford set up institutions in India.

It is thought leading foreign universities could be attracted by India's large number of English speakers and its burgeoning middle class.

India has allowed foreign investment in education for a number of years, but foreign institutes have not been permitted to grant degrees.

The bill had been opposed by some political parties, particularly those from the left, on the grounds that it will benefit only elite Indians with poorer students unable to afford to pay high fees.

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Re: Indian bill to allow foreign universities to operate

Postby bharathh » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:21 pm

I think this will be an excellent thing for many people in India. Esp those that have been hit hard by reservations.

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Re: Indian bill to allow foreign universities to operate

Postby Cevno » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:22 pm

Good move ,though i think there should be a compulsory indian partner with equity stake too and a management which operates from the country.

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Re: Indian bill to allow foreign universities to operate

Postby Cevno » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:25 pm

bharathh wrote:I think this will be an excellent thing for many people in India. Esp those that have been hit hard by reservations.


Though i think these universities will be a lot more expensive than the government run ones.

It would be interesting to see whether they are even more expensive than the private indian institutes currently operating with affiliation from abroad.

Another important point is that this will produce more worfkforce for the country as mentioned in the article,only if the level of school education (both the quality and quantity) go up.

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Re: Indian bill to allow foreign universities to operate

Postby bharathh » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:34 pm

I would assume that they will be more expensive than privately owned institutions run in India.

However perhaps with the advent of foreign institutions in India, the education system in India gains more credibility abroad.