Indian universities may open campuses abroad



New Delhi: The government is mulling over the idea of allowing Indian universities to set up campuses abroad, a move that would benefit the institutes to increase their global presence.

"Best departments of Indian universities may be allowed to open campuses in foreign soil," Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari said while speaking at an interaction programme with members of Washington Trade Mission in New Delhi on Monday.

However, priority would be given to strengthen these institutions in the country to meet domestic demand, she said. At present, a few deemed universities and University of Pune have opened campuses abroad.

The Washington Trade Mission is here to explore the possibility of engaging with India in higher education.

Purandeswari said the Foreign Education Providers Bill, which seeks to allow foreign universities to set up campuses in India, is in its final stages.

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed said that the delegation would interact with Indian entities in many areas, including trade, export and education. They will explore possibilities of collaboration in these areas.

Purandeswari is slated to go to Washington this month to take forward the joint collaboration in education. Both the countries have set up a joint working group on education.

Bureau Report