UGC to bring in significant changes in Higher Education regulations to allow foreign universities to set up campuses in India
As per the report by Economics Times, the University Grant Commission is all set to introduce significant changes in Higher Education regulation which will allow the foreign universities to set up their campuses in India. The draft of regulations is likely to be put up for public consultations this month. The feedback will be processed by March.
The three significant changes in the higher education regulations is –
- To permit foreign universities to set up campuses in India,
- Enable Indian varsities to open facilities abroad. Currently, Indian universities are not allowed to set up their campuses in foreign countries. As per the reports top IITS may become the first Indian Institute to do so.
- To tighten the rulebook to ensure better quality controls at private institutions.
The new rules will allow a free hand to foreign universities in academic matters, hiring of faculty, emoluments and course structure, besides the admission process
According to new regulations only an institute that attains a certain category of National Institute Ranking Framework or National Assessment & Accreditation Council rating might be allowed to admit foreign students. Once the regulations are ready, it will be shared with foreign universities through India’s missions.
In the interview with Economic time, UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said, “The underlying theme and philosophy behind all these regulations are as reflected in the NEP. They are all aimed at allowing considerable autonomy to the higher education stakeholders but with due accountability and quality ensured. Therefore, they will be ‘light but tight’ regulations and I am confident it will bring positive and big changes in the higher education system.”