INDIA: State funds to help local universities compete

India's national government would give financial support as a protective measure to state universities, as envisaged in the 12th five-year plan, Association of Indian Universities president Prakash T Chande said last week. It would enable Indian universities to withstand competition from foreign universities, writes Sudha Nambudiri for The Times of India.

The support would help to allay association concerns over the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill 2010, which is currently before the parliamentary standing committee on human resources development, he said.

Chande was in Kochi to attend the 86th annual general meeting of the association hosted by Cochin University of Science and Technology. He said the parliamentary committee had assured the association of necessary changes in the bill before it is placed before parliament.
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