The foreign universities and institutions desirous of entering India have to be among the 500 top-ranking universities in the world or have a reputed place on their home turf.
Jagdish Batra, Professor of English, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
The draft resolution concerning the entry of foreign universities in India released recently by the UGC is the first step towards inviting them to set up campuses here. Aptly titled “Setting up and Operation of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India 2023”, it is to be discussed by all the stakeholders before the final resolution takes shape.
One recalls how during the Congress rule in Haryana, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda got some 2000 acres of premium land along the National Highway earmarked and laid the foundation stone in 2012 of Rajiv Gandhi Education City, hoping to entice around fifty universities from abroad to set up campuses here, independently or in collaboration with Indian institutions. Unfortunately, no foreign university turned up. Initially, it was three Indian universities that set up campus here. Later, some more Indian institutions came so that the final tally presently stands at 12 with vast expanse of land lying unused. Ostensibly, the terms offered were not so attractive.
This time, however, we are assured that the terms are different and so there is hope. The foreign universities and institutions desirous of entering India have to be among the 500 top-ranking universities in the world or have a reputed place on their home turf. It is still not known as to grading of which rating agency will be acceptable.
Published in: The Times of India
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