Missing link in UGC's foreign university plans to set up campuses in India

Educational emigration will remain high unless India strengthens the skill development ecosystem in higher education, say students and teachers

Debarghya SanyalShiva Rajora New Delhi

Few experts believe, however, that the skill ecosystem and higher education are two “different animals”

Indian students pursuing higher educa­tion degrees are not very excited about foreign universities setting up camp­uses in India. Last month, the University Grants Commission (UGC) unveiled draft norms for allowing, for the first time, foreign universities to set up campuses in India with autonomy to decide the admission procedure and fee structure. But students and teachers believe that foreign campuses will not be enough to stymie educational emigration.
A report on international migration patterns by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development also re­cen­tly pointed out that Indians studying in economically developed countries were the most likely among all foreign students to stay back in their host country and join the local workforce. Over 650,000 Indian students went abroad in 2022 to pursue higher education, according to data shared by the education ministry in Parliament (see chart). The data also showed that most Indian s

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