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Centre to regulate entry of foreign educational providers

Press Trust of India  |  Bandarsindari (Raj) 

"Considering unprecedented expansion and changes in higher education sector, we seek to regulate the entry of foreign educational providers so that only reputed and recognised providers have access to our students," the Union HRD and Telecom minister said here.

"Accordingly, a legislative proposal for regulating the entry and operation of foreign institutions has been introduced in parliament," Sibal said at the convocation programme of Central University of Rajasthan here.

Higher education has long crossed national borders and now it is further increasing, the minister said.

"Transborder and distance education is further proliferating owing to emergence of low cost mobile computing devices and cloud-based computing," Sibal said.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and deployment of virtual reality and virtual words in education were some of the elements behind consideration of regulation of foreign education providers, he said.

The minister said that UGC has last month promulgated regulations for the promotion and maintenance of standards of academic collaboration between Indian and foreign educational institutions to safeguard the interests of students.

Union MoS for communications and IT, Sachin Pilot was also present in the function in which the students, who secured highest position in their respective programmes during the year 2009 and 2010, were felicitated.

First Published: Sat, September 01 2012. 20:35 IST