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20 Mar 2015 06:44

what's your point of view

20 Mar 2015 06:46

Introduction
Allowing foreign universities into India
has become a bone of contention
between those vociferously opposing it
and others who are espousing its
cause. Just like every other decision,
this one has its fair share of
advantages and disadvantages. On the
whole, however, it seems more likely
that allowing foreign universities into
India will not harm the Indian
educational system.

20 Mar 2015 06:48

Viewpoint
• A recent survey found that a
majority of those enrolled in distance
education courses at Harvard
University were Indians. There is
already a considerable portion of the
Indian population that opts for foreign
degrees. They do not vie for education
at leading institutions in India. For a
vast percentage of these students,
travelling to foreign destinations
ensures that Indian money fills foreign
coffers. If the Indian government
wants to cut down on this flow of
money, allowing foreign universities in
India may be a major step in this
direction.
• Moreover, these foreign universities
also provide good opportunities for
local academicians. There are many
reputed lecturers and professors who
are choosing to leave India to teach
abroad because the salaries here are
not commensurate with international
standards. We can also prevent brain
drain by allowing foreign universities
in India. So many of our talented IIT
students opt for higher studies abroad
and choose to remain there. This is not
good if we want our economy and
country to progress.
• It would also spur the education
system in India to improve its
functioning if foreign competition is
allowed. So far, Indian educational
institutions have become complacent.
Hefty fees are demanded by certain
corrupt principals for entrance into
medical, management and technical
courses. This kind of corruption can be
nipped in the bud if foreign universities
enter into the fray.
• Indian educational institutions would
also benefit from knowledge transfer,
collaborations and partnerships with
foreign universities that are allowed to
set shop in India. It would be easier to
connect with them if they are located
in India. Many foreign universities can
also provide top research programs in
areas which are not available in India
to a great extent. Courses such as
sports psychology, sports medicine and
sports management are rare in India.
Those who want to specialize in key
scientific disciplines in certain
specialized fields also have no options
in India. In such a scenario, offering a
chance for foreign universities to
establish base in India may not be a
bad move. It may even encourage
Indian universities to develop better
courses.
• India is replete with universities that
are functioning below par. Papers are
leaked and corrupt teachers often
encourage copying and unfair
practices. Certain lecturers charge
hefty tuition fees to provide coaching
at home and they do not complete the
courses or teach them well at the
university. If we have to clean up the
system, we need to allow foreign
universities into India. This will benefit
the Indian educational system and
may even pave the way for key
reforms in the educational sector.

20 Mar 2015 06:49

Conclusion
A vast majority of Indian universities
are plagued by unfair practices. Paving
the way for foreign universities will
only allow the Indian educational
system to develop better and become
more advanced. There is a question of
whether such universities may end up
attracting more students as compared
to their Indian counterparts. But this
concern should be considered along
with the contention that those who
want to study at foreign universities
will do so anyways. Barring foreign
universities from entering India will
not prevent them from posing a
challenge to the Indian educational
system.