Why should seven to eight lakh Indian students go abroad for higher studies? Since India boasts of such excellent education institutions? Whatever they can get abroad, we want to give them in India itself, claims Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
The new National Education Policy approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday 5th August, will now allow revolutionary changes in India’s education policy. The Indian Education Policy was not changed for past 34 years. New decisions are taken by the government. One of them is allowing major global foreign universities to set up and run campuses in India.
“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. India boasts of such excellent education institutions? Whatever they can get abroad, we want to give them in India itself,” said Education Minister Ramesh Pokhiryal Nishank. At the annual vice-chancellors’ online conference, organized by the Association of Indian Universities.
“We are going to do collaborations with the 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,” he added.
This approach is a part of the ‘Stay in India and Study in India’. This is an effort to retain students. They go abroad for higher studies and increase ‘brain drain’, which the country faces every year.
The government has also allowed research collaboration and student exchanges between the Indian educational institutions and global educational institutions. Further, the credits acquired from those universities will be counted for the award of a degree in India.(source.)
“We will not be allowing just anybody, only the top 100 institutions will be allowed to come to India. This is the important point. A lot of things will have to be worked out. For Instance, which institutions will be allowed to have campuses here. The other operational details like fees, faculty, etc., the government will decide upon later. And our education [system] can always be sent abroad,” said Professor MK Sridhar, who was part of the Kasturirangan Committee that submitted a draft policy for the NEP 2020.