Ramakanta Biswas

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced the extension of the deadline to receive comments/suggestions/feedback on University Grants Commission (Setting up and Operation of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India) Regulations, 2023.

The deadline for seeking comments from the stakeholders on the draft regulations which was earlier schedule to end on January 18 has now been extended till February 3.

“In view of the requests being received from the stakeholders to extend the last date for submitting comments/suggestions/feedback on the aforesaid draft Regulations, the last date for receiving comments on the draft regulations is hereby extended to 3rd February 2023,” the UGC said.

“Accordingly, it is requested that the comments/suggestions/feedback may kindly be conveyed to ugcforeigncollaboration@gmail.com up to 3rd February 2023,” it added. 

As per the higher education regulator, it has drafted enabling Regulations facilitating the establishment of campuses of foreign higher educational institutions in India in the line with the recommendations of the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020.

The National Education Policy (NEP), which stresses on several measures for the internationalisation of the higher education system in India, also has provisions like setting up an office for International Affairs and Alumni Connect Cell in the Universities.  
“NEP 2020 has envisioned that “top universities in the world will be facilitated to operate in India.” For this, “a legislative framework facilitating such entry will be put in place, and such universities will be given special dispensation regarding regulatory, 
governance, and content norms on par with other autonomous institutions of India,” the draft regulations stated.

“A regulatory framework allowing the entry of higher-ranked foreign Universities, as envisaged in NEP, 2020, will provide an international dimension to higher education, enable Indian students to obtain foreign qualifications at affordable cost, and make India an attractive global study destination. These Regulations aim to facilitate the entry of foreign higher educational institutions into India,” the draft added.