New regulation may open india to foreign universities

September 27, 2013 India is attempting to find a way to legally permit foreign universities to set up campuses in the country, in an attempt to get around the lengthy and fraught legislative process currently under way.
India’s Human Resource Development Ministry has drafted new rules which would permit foreign universities to establish themselves and enrol local students, if they are approved by India’s Law Ministry.

The proposed new rules limit the group of universities that are permitted to establish campuses in India, granting eligibility only to the top 400 universities - according to three separate international rankings. Further, the universities would be prohibited from repatriating any profits made locally, said R. P. Sisodia, the joint secretary for higher education in India.

In light of these and other complications, top universities may in fact prefer to engage with India via the simpler and cheaper option of local partnerships.

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