A couple of questions that is making the Indian government twist brows are, “Why foreign universities are not willing to set up campuses here? Why almost half-a-dozen universities are saying that they are disinterested in getting invitations from India? So, does it conclude that Indian students will remain deprived of the opportunities to study under foreign instructions?
Stanford & Cambridge refuses opening campuses in India
As per The Economic Times, their top officials after speaking to some of the world’s best academic institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Management, Duke University and Cambridge University, came to conclusion that all these institutions had no interest in establishing campuses on the Indian soil. However, what they are keen towards doing is to remain engaged with not only students but with the academia through researches and executive programmes related to education.
As per Garth Saloner of Stanford Graduate School of Business, they do not have any intention to build brick and mortar institutions in India. Professor and dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Philip H Knight said, “That’s no where we see the best use of our investment”.
In this context, the vice president of Massachusetts of Technology, Claude Canizares says that this policy does not change how we work. He says that he always prefers the partnership model and rather dislikes the idea of establishing branch campuses that can operate independently.
A noteworthy initiative by the Indian government
What the Indian government did was that they allowed foreign universities to open campuses that would award degrees in India. The intention here was to give Indian students the opportunity to gain necessary knowledge and skills by following global instructions without taking pains to leave home.
As per the proposed UGC rules, foreign education providers must open up campuses in India not like how for-profit companies are established. This has been a noteworthy move on behalf of the Indian government through which numerous institutes, industry leaders and academicians have got opportunities to execute this action.
Ivy League and Duke University also says NO
However, the institutes under the Ivy League have clearly expressed their unwillingness towards initiating any further plans in building campuses in India. The former dean of the Indian school of Business, Pramath Sinha said, “It is hard to get the top tier institutes to come out”. In fact, they also said that their primary focus was to drive premium in their own campus instead of diluting it.
The spokesperson for the vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge clearly said that they do not believe that the Indian institutions will be able to replicate Cambridge’s structure, quality and faculty anywhere over the world. However, the Cambridge University has research collaborations with top Indian university like Delhi University, IIT Bombay and many others.
The Duke University despite having a huge number of educational activities and partnerships in India said that they have no plans to open up any university or campus for higher studies in India. The deputy dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management, SP Kothari said, “MIT Sloan, at the moment, does not have any plans to open a campus in India. We collaborate and engage in institution building in India.”
Cardiff University might consider new projects in India
Cardiff University on the other has come up with similar responses to open up a campus in India. However, the university vice chancellor and president, Professor Colin Riordan said that they might consider new projects in the long-run. Cardiff has connections with Indian institutions that establish potential collaboration in research, training and even exchange of study materials.
To conclude, it’s not easy to set up foreign universities in India. In fact, the majority will discard this idea unless there comes a sound economic proposal of earning considerable profits and sustaining cost without deteriorating the brand value. What’s more important is to find land in proximity to metro areas in India which is not an easy job.
So, what can Indian students do now is that they can choose to study online under a foreign university that must be globally accredited. This will help in several ways:
– One will be able to study from his/her own country instead of taking pains to travel overseas
– One will not have to spend lump sums like what full-time universities usually charge. Instead, they can complete higher studies online quite affordably.
– Working professionals will not have to quit jobs. Rather, they can both work and study at the same time.
Well, a massive upfront investment in creating infrastructure will make it possible to invite foreign universities to be established in India. However, if this seems impossible, studying online under a foreign university will be the best alternative for the Indian students.