HRD Ministry may allow foreign institutes in India

The Foreign Educational (Regulations of Entry and Operations) Bill, which was turned down a decade back, may be revived.

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The Foreign Educational (Regulations of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010 , which was rejected ten years back, is now being reconsidered a decade later. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is planning to again put forward proposals to allow foreign educational institutes to enter India.

The Bill, which was presented in 2010 proposed to allow international institutes to set up their campuses in India. However, it was not passed back then in the absence of consensus.

The proposal is expected to be discussed by the MHRD, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in the presence of representatives from various international institutes.

If the Bill is successfully passed and approved, educational institutes from across the world will be allowed to establish their independent campuses in the county to offer degree programmes. Also, good quality higher education will become more accessible for Indian students. The degrees offered will be authentic and on par with what is offered globally. In the long run, this will prevent brain drain as more students will be encouraged to remain in India and work here instead of exploring opportunities abroad.

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