‘No info on foreign varsities operating in India’

The government on Wednesday said it has no "authentic information" about the operation of foreign universities in the country.

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2011, 22:07 PM IST

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said it has
no "authentic information" about the operation of foreign
universities in the country.
"In the absence of a Central law for regulating the entry
and operations of foreign universities, no authentic
information about their operation in the country is
available," Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari told the
Lok Sabha in a written reply.

"However, All India Council for Technical Education
(AICTE) has issued regulations for providing technical
education in India in collaboration with foreign institutions
or universities," she said.

The AICTE, according to the minister, has approved six
collaborations with foreign universities, institutions under
the regulations.

Purandeswari also noted that the government has not done
any study on the functioning of foreign universities in the
country.
However, she cited a study by National University of
Educational Planning and Administration, a deemed to be
university, which had identified 143 Indian institutions and
161 foreign education providers have currently engaged in
collaboration in the country.

"The total number of collaborations was 230. Of which 86
were with educational institutions from the UK, followed by 79
from the US," she added.

PTI