New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government plans greater collaboration between higher education institutions in India and the world’s top 100 universities in a bid to retain students who want to go abroad for higher studies, Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said Monday.
Speaking at the annual vice-chancellors’ conference, organised by the Association of Indian Universities, Pokhriyal said 7-8 lakh Indian students go abroad for higher studies every year but they would stay back if they get similar facilities in India.
“Why should seven to eight lakh Indian students go abroad for higher studies when India boasts of such excellent education institutions? Whatever they can get abroad, we want to give them in India itself,” he said at the online conference.
“We are going to do collaborations with top 100 Indian institutions in the world… We will bring their best to India, but we will do it on our own terms. Similarly, the best institutions in India will also collaborate with institutions abroad,” Pokhriyal added.
He said this will be a part of the ‘Stay in India and Study in India’ plan under which a committee has been set up.
ThePrint had reported that this panel has been tasked with four key responsibilities — to look at ways of increasing seats in Indian institutions to accommodate those who couldn’t go abroad due to Covid-19; to ensure that Indian students pursuing research in foreign universities who are currently in India are able to use lab facilities here; to appeal to foreign students to join online classes in Indian institutions; and to better the study prospects for Indian students.
The planned collaboration with foreign universities will be under the agenda of improving prospects for “Indian students studying in India”.
Tie-ups with foreign institutions are also mentioned in the new National Education Policy (NEP). The NEP also mentions foreign universities setting up campuses in India. However, that will have to be done through a legislative framework, which the government will work on.
Collaborations in terms of research, faculty, courses and students, is possible without legislation and is currently ongoing in several universities in the country.
Moving forward, the government wants to increase the collaboration between Indian and foreign institutions.
All India Council for Technical Education chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe, who is a member of the ‘Stay in India and Study in India’ committee, had told ThePrint that the government wants to look for collaboration between Indian and top foreign institutes so that students who are keen to go abroad get similar facilities here and the committee has already started working towards it.