The University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified regulations for the establishment and operation of campuses of foreign higher educational institutions (FHEIs) in India. The regulations, which were notified on November 7, 2023, are in line with the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which aims to internationalize higher education in India.
Key Features of the Regulations:
- Foreign institutions intending to establish campuses in India should be in the top 500 in global rankings or have expertise in a specific area.
- Foreign institutions will have autonomy in academic matters, including curriculum design and student admissions.
- Foreign institutions will be able to set up more than one campus in India.
- Foreign institutions will be able to offer full-time degree programs and short-term courses.
- Foreign institutions will be able to award degrees in India.
Benefits of setting up foreign FHEIs in India:
- Access to world-class education and research opportunities for Indian students.
- Exposure to new ideas and perspectives.
- Enhancement of India’s soft power potential.
- Boost to the Indian economy.
Application process for setting up foreign FHEIs in India:
- Foreign institutions will need to apply to the UGC for a Letter of Intent (LOI).
- The UGC will then conduct an inspection of the proposed campus.
- If the inspection is satisfactory, the UGC will grant the foreign institution a Letter of Approval (LOA).
- The foreign institution can then start the process of setting up its campus in India.
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Timeline for setting up foreign FHEIs in India:
- The entire process, from application to LOA, is expected to take six to eight months.
- Once the LOA is granted, the foreign institution can start the process of setting up its campus, which may take another six to twelve months.
The UGC has also notified the following guidelines for foreign FHEIs operating in India:
- Foreign FHEIs will need to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in India.
- Foreign FHEIs will need to provide scholarships and fee concessions to Indian students.
- Foreign FHEIs will need to collaborate with Indian universities and industries.
The UGC’s decision to allow foreign FHEIs to set up campuses in India is a welcome move. It will provide Indian students with access to world-class education and research opportunities. It will also enhance India’s soft power potential and boost the Indian economy.