24 August 2017
The Indian central government has suspended its plans to allow international universities to set up branch campuses offering their own degrees in the country. Instead it will focus on transforming local institutions into world-class universities.
The proposals, which had run into problems about the repatriation of earnings, appear to have been quietly shelved. The government’s emphasis will now be on the project to create future world-class universities, or institutions of eminence.
Unnamed sources in the central government said that the guidelines for the institutions of eminence project will soon be published and that ten public and up to twenty private institutions will be supported in their efforts to enter the upper reaches of the global university rankings.
These future world class universities will be given considerable autonomy and will be able to recruit foreign faculty and admit up to 30% international students. They will also be encouraged to enter into research partnerships with foreign institutions.