Accredited foreign universities which have been offering educational services for at least 20 years in their origin country, will be eligible to open campuses in India. The Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010 will permit only those institutions to apply to be notified as a “Foreign Education Provider” (FEP) by the Central Government.
Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, speaking in the Lok Sabha said, “The UGC (Promotion and Maintenance of Standards of Academic Collaboration between Indian and Foreign Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2012 has dropped the condition that an FEI has to be ranked in the top 500 institutions in the world to enter into an academic collaboration with an Indian institution. However, under the regulations, no foreign university can set up institutions independently in India.”
“The Bill requires FEPs to declare in its prospectus, each component of fees, deposits and other charges payable by students. Any FEI which is not an FEP cannot charge any fee or admit students and in case it does so, will be liable to a penalty between ten lakh to fifty lakh rupees in addition to refund of the fee. The prospectus would also contain details of the teaching faculty, information on physical and academic infrastructure, etc. Failure to adhere to its disclosure in the prospectus would result in withdrawal of recognition as FEP. Moreover, once an FEI is notified as an FEP, it will be subject to the control of the law of the land and regulations of the statutory regulatory body,” the Minister said.
The Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources Development has presented its report on the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010. The report is under examination by the Ministry.