M Jagadesh Kumar, the head of the University Grants Commission, provided proposed rules for international institutions opening up campuses in India on January 5, 2023. The UGC stated during a media interaction that foreign universities setting up campuses in India would have the freedom to create their own admissions procedure and that the proposal regulations for "Setting up and Operating of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India" had been released.
He continued by saying that these colleges were unable to offer programmes for online or distance learning. They can only provide full-time physical programmes. Speaking of UGC clearance, Kumar stated that the first sanction will be granted for ten years to international institutions establishing campuses in the country. He continued by saying that the Foreign Exchange Management Act will govern the transfer of money across international borders.
"Foreign varsities will have to ensure the quality of education imparted at their Indian campuses is on par with their main campus.” - M Jagadesh
After considering comments from stakeholders, the final standards would be announced by the end of the month, according to Kumar, who also noted that the clearance given to international universities will be extended in the ninth year, providing certain requirements.
“No foreign higher education can set up campuses without the approval of the UGC.” - Chairman