African And Gulf Nations, Thailand Are on The Favorable List For Indian Universities To Set Up Offshore Campuses.
According to UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar, African and Gulf countries, Thailand, and Vietnam are among the probable locations for Indian institutions to establish their offshore campuses. The regulations for these campuses are ready and would be released in a month.
In an interview with PTI, Kumar stated that a number of nations are stepping forward to offer infrastructure to Indian colleges looking to establish campuses abroad, and the University Grants Commission (UGC) will assist the institutions in choosing the nations where they can do so.
“The academic ecosystem in India is enormous. There are top universities that are supported by the federal government, state governments, and private institutions. We wish to support these universities in establishing campuses overseas. Some nations are stepping up to offer our colleges the infrastructure they need to set up their campuses.
The Middle-East and South Asian nations have been requesting to establish their campuses at a number of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). IIT Madras is looking into opportunities in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Tanzania, while IIT Delhi is considering opening a campus in the United Arab Emirates. Moreover, IIT campuses are planned for Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, and the UK.
Last month, the UGC stated that foreign institutions would be able to establish campuses in India for the first time and revealed draught regulations that would allow these universities to control their admissions policies, fee schedules, and money repatriation.
According to Kumar, the final rules, which will take into account the views from stakeholders, would also be released in a month. This move will indeed create many opportunities to position Indian higher education matching the global education standards.
Source: The Economics Times