INDIA: 50 foreign universities may want in

As the Indian government prepares to allow entry of foreign education providers in the higher education sector, about 50 foreign universities - mostly from the US, UK and Australia - have expressed interest in setting up campuses in the country, writes Pallavi Singh for LiveMint & The Wall Street Journal. The universities have approached the Ministry of Human Resource Development in the last three months, a senior official said.

To take forward the process of engaging their institutions in India's education sector a number of foreign dignitaries, including British trade and investment minister Mervyn Davies and Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, have visited India.

Foreign universities are currently not allowed to offer degree courses in India, although the country allows 100% foreign investment in the sector. However, nearly 150 foreign institutes offer courses with Indian universities under twinning arrangements allowed by the Education Department.

Earlier this year, a panel set up by the government to draw up a reform 'roadmap' for higher education, recommended that only the world's top 200 universities be allowed to enter the country. The Yash Pal committee report, submitted in June, came as the government prepared to table in parliament the Foreign Education Providers Bill, which seeks to regulate the entry of foreign education providers into the country.
Full report on the LiveMint & The Wall Street Journal site