Government puts foreign universities plan on hold

The government is putting its plan to allow foreign universities to operate in India on the back burner after pursuing it for the last several years and will instead focus on its world-class university plan, writes Prashant K Nanda for Livemint.

“We are not looking at that plan (to allow foreign universities to operate here),” a top human resource development ministry official said recently on condition of anonymity. “There is no work happening on that; instead the government will give more thrust to the domestic world-class university plan,” said a second government official, who asked not to be identified. The move fits in with the central government’s India-first approach across sectors.

As part of the foreign university plan, the human resource development ministry wanted to allow foreign universities into the country, where they could operate and offer degrees independent of the existing regulatory regime. Issues related to the repatriation of money they earned had to be thrashed out, though.
Full report on the Livemint site