Yes, of course, it is exciting to see the Ivy League campuses opening in India. But let’s have a deeper look at how this can change the Indian higher-ed scene for the better. How long will you have to wait to see this massive step materializing?
In order to fortify our relations with the international education system, the University Grants Commission is inviting suggestions and recommendations on the idea of allowing highly Yale, Oxford, and Stanford to open India campuses soon.sought-after universities to set up their campuses in India.
The thought is currently at a nascent stage and the University Grants Commission's final draft will be presented to the parliament for its approval before it becomes law. However, it will be a crucial step toward promoting India as a desirable study destination worldwide.
What could this mean?
Realizing more foreign degree dreams for Indians
Did you know, Indian students account for 18% of all international students in America, second only to China (35%)?
However, there’s no denying the fact that the cost of living and studying in the U.S. is extremely high, pulling back millions of financially incapable brilliant students. According to this draft by UGC, the local campuses of leading foreign universities will have the autonomy of deciding the admission criteria, fee structure as well as the selection process. The draft mandates the fee structure to be transparent and reasonable. Home campuses of foreign universities could mean significantly lower costs of living for Indian students. So, it’s definitely good news for students dreaming of getting a foreign degree but holding back due to the steep fee and living expenses involved.
Ease of attending classes from the main university campus
Currently, a number of reputed international universities have partnered with Indian institutes to help Indian students manage a part of their curriculum from India. They will have to be at the foreign campus only for some significant requirements including the final exams. However, with colleges like Yale, Stanford and Oxford setting up local campuses, students can now complete the entire curriculum from the main campus in India.
Improving India’s position as a study destination for international students
Sundar Pichai of Alphabet Inc., Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Arvind Krishna of IBM, Leena Nair of Chanel- the list of Indian CEOs of leading international brands goes on and on. Despite the demonstrated potential of Indian universities producing high-caliber youth, India lags behind as a destination of choice for international students. It currently ranks 101 out of 133 nations in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index of 2022. The index measures a nation's ability to grow, attract and retain talent. By allowing Ivy League universities like Yale, Stanford and Oxford to set up local branches, the Indian government hopes to attract more and more international students and improve India’s position as an attractive study destination for students across the globe. In addition, India offers quite inexpensive accommodation and living expenses as compared to countries like the U.S. and the U.K.
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