The challenges facing India's foreign university policy

June 11, 2010

In an article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Philip G. Altbach, the director of Boston College's Centre for International Higher Education, writes that India's proposed law to allow foreign colleges and universities to set up campuses in the country will very likely fall short of its goals. Altbach observes there are some challenges an open-door policy would face: access to education, academic innovation, and financial investment. He writes that most branch campuses are small and limited in scope and field, they usually specialize in fields that have a ready clientele, and they are seldom significantly funded by their home institution. India's proposed policy comes with various conditions and limitations, such as a restriction on making any profit on an Indian branch, that may well deter foreign institutions from getting involved, Altbach writes. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)