Think tank supports foreign university campuses

The National Institution for Transforming India Aayog has submitted a report to the prime minister’s office and the Ministry of Human Resource Development in favour of inviting foreign universities to set up campuses in India, writes Ritika Chopra for The Indian Express.

The National Institution for Transforming India, or NITI, Aayog, a government policy think tank, has suggested three routes to permit entry of foreign education providers: a new law to regulate the operation of such universities in the country; an amendment to the University Grants Commission, or UGC, Act of 1956 and deemed university regulations to let them in as deemed universities; and, facilitating their entry by tweaking UGC and the All India Council for Technical Education regulations on twinning arrangements between Indian and foreign institutions to permit joint ventures.

The report has justified NITI Aayog’s support for the proposal on the grounds that foreign universities will help meet the demand for higher education in the country, increase competition and subsequently improve standards of higher education.
Full report on The Indian Express site