University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman M Jagadesh Kumar on January 5th released the draft regarding the rules and regulations for the foreign universities seeking to set up campuses in India.
“No foreign higher education can set up campuses without the approval by the UGC,” the chairman said.
UGC chief while interacting with media regarding the regulations on setting up and operation of foreign campuses for higher education in India said that the universities will have to ensure that the quality of education imparted in their Indian campuses is on par with their main campus.
Further he added that the foreign universities will have the freedom to devise their own admission process and fee at their Indian campuses. “Foreign varsities will have to ensure the quality of education imparted at their Indian campuses is on par with their main campus. They will have the freedom to devise their own admission process” UGC chief M Jagadesh Kumar.
The foreign universities will be granted initial approval for 10 years to set up their campuses in India. The UGC chief added that these universities cannot offer online or distant learning programmes. They can only offer full-time programs in physical mode.
On matters related to the funds and funding, the chief said that the cross-border movement of funds will be regulated according to the Foreign the Exchange Management Act.
More details regarding the matter will be notified by the end of the month after taking into account feedback from stakeholders. The chief also added that the approval granted to foreign varsities will be renewed in the ninth year.