Foreign varsities waiting for Govt guidelines to set up campuses in India: UNiSA officials

NEW DELHI, Oct 11: Foreign universities are waiting for the Indian Government to formalise guidelines so that they could set up campuses in the country, according to top officials at the University of South Australia (UNiSA).
They termed India’s move to let foreign universities operate in the country as a major development.
“Many universities in Australia and other countries are waiting for the guidelines to be formalised,” Rishen Shekhar, director, Global Recruitment and Engagement, UNiSA told PTI.
“We already deliver similar hybrid models in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and China but we haven’t done it in India so far due to the regulations. We can replicate the same in India but we need to understand the legislations first,” he added.
The new National Education Policy (NEP) states that the world’s top 100 universities will be “facilitated” to operate in the country through a new law.
NEP 2020 is only the third major revamp of the education framework in India since Independence. The two earlier policies were brought in 1968 and 1986.
Tom Steer, chief academic officer at UniSA, said so far the engagement between India and Australia in the education sector was limited to research and student exchange.
“NEP is an extremely positive policy because it really will make studying at international universities not only more accessible but also relevant,” he said. (PTI)