Shashi Tharoor, whose portfolio as minister of state includes higher education, called for foreign universities to locate in India to improve overall graduate levels across the country. In a speech earlier this month the new minister of state for human resource development said the path to much-delayed legislation to open up the nation’s higher education system could be forthcoming.

However, Parliament has yet to pass a bill, first proposed in 1995, to regulate foreign universities in India, allowing them to set up campuses and award their own degrees in country.  This uncertain policy environment has made it difficult for foreign institutions to engage fully in the country or even plan to do so. They are currently restricted to twinning agreements with local bodies and jointly delivered degrees.

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