What is the role of Foreign Institutions in India?

The 1990s saw the emergence of foreign universities operating in India in collaboration with private institutions in the country. A research study conducted by National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) in 2005 on ‘Foreign Education Providers in India’ brings out some of the salient features of their operation. There were 131 Indian institutions collaborating with foreign institutions. The list, however, may not be fully exhaustive. It may be observed that in some states the foreign education providers were concentrated in metropolitan cities and some other cities where the prospects of vocational courses exist on a large scale. Information also shows that, at present, only the USA and the UK have shown interest in collaborating with Indian partners. There are other potential countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada who are watching the developments and the government stand on any regulation regarding Foreign Education Providers. At present these countries are organizing educational fairs and have also representatives to attract Indian students to their respective countries. The majority of the foreign education providers provide professional/vocational courses. Of the total sample of 131 institutions (2005), 107 were providing vocational courses, 19 technical courses and only 5 were offering general education. The data show that, in the category of vocational courses, management courses are the most popular. Business Management and Hotel Management constitute approximately 80% of the total number of courses. The commercial presence of foreign institutions has led to multiple methods of collaboration for delivering foreign programmes. The collaborative arrangement under the commercial presence varies from institution to institution. There are, in general, three existing and one possible categories of delivery of foreign programmes in India.

Written by
Ashwani Lochan Aggarwal