Centre taking measures to increase number of international students coming to India for higher studies.
Education Ministry is deliberating on measures to increase the number of international students coming to India for higher studies.
In a review meeting of the Study in India Programme on Friday, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare said that the criteria for institutions partnering under the programme will soon be revised.
This would be done with the aim of enabling more institutions which have the necessary infrastructure and academic quality to join the Study in India programme.
He also said that no distinction will be made between private and public institutions in matters of supporting internationalization.
The Education Ministry has said there is an urgent requirement of setting up International Students’ Offices in every institution that takes in international students.
This office should work as a single window support for anything that these students may need, right from the day they get selected to joining the institution.
Besides this, the ministry has said that avenues like networks of families and mentors should be developed who can help the students socialize.
The Secretary called upon all partner institutions to set up world class hostels for international students.
The Ministry has also asked institutions to consider organizing orientation for international students when they join, as well as orientation for the faculty to sensitize them to teach using contexts that these students can relate to.
The Ministry is also looking towards enhanced academic collaborations between Indian and international institutions under Twinning, Joint and Dual degrees with credit transfer mechanism.
UGC has already brought out draft regulations in this regard that have currently been put up for stakeholder consultation.
The Education Ministry has said that it will take up the issue of allowing internship for international students and iron out other concerns such as visa issues.
All institutions have also been asked to activate their Alumni network and use this connect to draw more students to Indian institutions.