Taking Higher Education beyond the Indian borders – Vinay Rai

Taking Higher Education beyond the Indian borders – Vinay Rai

Attempts are now being made to market Indian higher education abroad. UGC and FICCI have chalked out a program to promote Indian higher education outside the national boundaries. The first attempts would be made in African countries - Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Apart from UGC and FICCI, EDCIL (an education PSU under the ministry of human resource development) is making rigorous efforts to sell Indian higher education in the same market. 

A delegation consisting of 16 universities would be visiting these African countries. The Vice Chairman of UGC, VNR Pillai, would lead the delegation. Apart from holding fairs and road show, the delegation will focus on establishing a relationship between the governments and higher education commissions of these countries. 

Vice Chancellors and international student advisors of leading universities like Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityBanaras Hindu UniversityJamia Hamdard, Symbiosis and Osmania University would represent their universities in the delegation. 

With public-private partnership, higher education would enter the global market. India is now not only seen as the potential hub for higher education but also a potential market. According to Founder and President of Think India Foundation, Aspiration India, and Centre for Public Policy, Vinay Rai, the demand for international education has been increasing not only in the domestic market but also in the global market. "Well-defined strategies would however be needed to become world leaders in higher education," he says - Vinay Rai

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