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'Will the foreign universities in India take the sheen out of foreign degrees?'
Indian Cabinet unanimously approved the bill that would allow foreign education providers to set up campuses in India and offer degrees and diplomas to students. After much debate and discussions the decision was finally taken by govt.
ON MARCH 15, 2010, Friday, Indian Cabinet unanimously approved the bill that would allow foreign education providers to set up campuses in India and offer degrees and diplomas to students.  After much debate and discussions the bill was finally passed by the Union Cabinet.
 
The bill was first introduced in Rajya Sabha in August 1995 and it is likely to be presented in Lok Sabha in July or August this year. The bill may prove to be favorable for improving the Indian Educational standard as it will set up benchmark for quality of education and will enhance choice of courses but will also increase competition.   
 
According to me, this is a good step that might improve the quality and standard of education system in our country.  But the foreign universities should ensure that it will offer same curriculum and quality education to the students in India as it provides to the students’ back in their countries.
 
As Dr. Devi Singh, Director, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IILM) said “It is a good move and will help bring internationally reputed education providers to India. However it is important that the Foreign Institutions entering India offer the same degrees and diplomas that they are offering back home. This will help ensure that the certification provided by them in India will have the same value internationally as their current qualification." 
 
Elaborating on this, he said that by ensuring this the Student in India can rest assured that he will have access to the same curriculum and quality of education that these Institutions provide in their own countries.” 
 
According to reports, around fifty foreign universities have already shown keen interest in setting up  campuses in India. The foreign institutions will be provided deemed university status under section three of Universities Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956.
 
This bill is not only going to open the gates for huge investment in Indian Educational System but also provides opportunities for students to study in their home country only and then afterwards they may get settle and work abroad. Let’s just wait to hear the response of opposition parties over the bill and the reaction of students if they are happy with the decision or not.      
                                                                                              
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