The ambitious target of the Indian government to provide higher education to 40 million students is possible only through foreign collaboration. For this purpose, the Indian government should allow international universities to operate in the country through either partnership or allowing them to open their campuses in India. Vice Chancellor of University of New South Wales (UNSW), Mr. Ian Jacobs disclosed his opinion on 2020 education target of the Indian government. Currently, UNSW is exploring how it could cater to the wide demand and avail a large number of opportunities in Indian education sector.
Also Read: - France Targets 10,000 Indian Students by 2020
Ian Jacobs expressed that the environment prevailing around India’s education sector is quite challenging due to rigid regulations. Even though reforms planned or implemented in the education sector are exciting for education businesses and international institutions, the tight regulations are posing major challenges, he explained.
Explaining further, VC of UNSW pointed that the structure of education system in India and regulations around it look challenging. Therefore, there is a need to overcome these challenges and it is possible only by innovation. UNSW has been working on the same, he highlighted.
Also Read: - IIT Student Intake to Reach 1 Lakh by 2020
Giving reasons for the complicated environment in India’s education system, Ian Jacobs pointed that opening the campus of an international university in India is not possible now. However, collaborating with Indian institutes is possible through which international institutes can bring to India the depth of experience that these institutes have in quality higher education. It is quite complicated to do that in Indian education system, he cited.
Ian Jacobs assured that UNSW is ready to assist/ support India in achieving 2020 education target. The varsity will play a vital role in contributing to the education sector and create new job opportunities. It is possible for the Indian government to provide quality education through foreign collaborations. The UNSW is ready to collaborate with existing Indian institutes or universities to deliver quality education, he concluded.