INDIA: Call for private investment in higher education

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said last week that there was a need to expand the education sector, reports The Economic Times. Replying to a debate in the Lok Sabha on demand for grants for the Ministry, Sibal made a strong pitch for greater private investment and allowing in foreign universities with necessary regulatory mechanisms. He said expansion was necessary but the government's reservation policy had to be followed.

If there is one legacy of his predecessor Arjun Singh that Sibal has been virtually silent about it is reservation for socially and educationally disadvantaged groups. Sibal has been lukewarm on the idea of extending reservations in private educational institutes.

The Bill to extend reservations to private unaided institutes is pending though it has been vetted by a group of ministers in the previous administration. Given that reservations for some groups are now required to be given by law in centrally education institutes, it would seem the minister might be considering extending the same to the private unaided and foreign universities.
Full report on The Economic Times site