The University Grant Commission (UGC) has prepared rules to allow foreign institutes ranked among the top 400 in the world to set up campuses in India.
In a written reply in Lok Sabha, HRD Minister M.M. Pallam Raju said under the proposed (UGC Rules 2013 for ‘Establishment and Operation of Campuses of Foreign Educational Institutions’, foreign educational institutions can set up campuses in India once they have been notified as Foreign Education Provider (FEPs) by the UGC.
"The Rules would ensure that only high quality foreign educational institutions are permitted to set up campuses and offer education services in the country, since only the top 400 institutions as per global rankings would be eligible to open campuses in the country," he said to Parliament.
Indian students would be benefited much with the entry and operation of FEP through access to globally renowned and quality academic institutions in Indian higher education sector at relatively lower costs, said Raju in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
Bringing foreign campuses in India would not only enhance the quality and capacity of higher education system in India but also curb the problem of brain drain as well as drainage of resources from the country.
The proposal has been supported by both the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Department of Economic Affairs, revealed Raju.