Foregin education providers in india

Foregin Education Providers In India

Foreign Education Providers In India

In the fast globalizing world the need for high quality education with international recognition is increasing. With this perspective, many international well known universities / institutions in collaboration with Indian institutions are imparting technical education in India.

The present trend of mushrooming of foreign education providers became an important concern for the country. The present operation of Foreign Education Providers is totally unregulated. These institutions are guided by their own norms; follow their own criteria of quality and course content. In other words, we can say that they are basically guided by the market norms. Therefore, HRD ministry has constituted self regulatory body, AICTE, to govern the technical education with a view to proper planning and coordinated development of education throughout the country. AICTE promotes, develops and regulate the technical education in India to meet the qualitative norms and standards.

Throughout my research on this topic, I have focused on such institutions which are imparting technical education in India but are not registered with AICTE. These institutes are bypassing the laws of the AICTE. I found out three kinds of programmes which they have been offering are as follows:

  • Foreign degree;
  • Foreign diploma;
  • Foreign university certification.

Indian institutions which are offering foreign degrees with their foreign partners are not registered with AICTE but are registered with UGC. One of the Singapore colleges operating in Chennai is a perfect example for this. This institute has been operating into India for the last five years. I had a talk with one of the admin members of this institute and as per him, AICTE approval is needed only for ‘Engineering’ not for management. Therefore, they did not face any regulatory issues or problem till now.

And institutes which are offering foreign university affiliated diplomas in management are actually offering diploma other than PGDBM. For an example PGDIS which stands for Post Graduate Diploma in International Studies. Like this, there are plenty of examples PGP, PGDCS, PGDIP. Most of the colleges are doing this. Now, I am in a well position to recall the bone of contention which was going on in 2005 when I was pursuing my PGDBM from one of the foreign university affiliated Pune colleges. In 2005, AICTE made it mandatory for all the domestic and international colleges (if imparting technical education in India) to get registered with AICTE for offering diploma in ‘Business Management’. Since than, many colleges started offering diplomas by using different wordings other than ‘Business Management’.

Institutes which are offering foreign university certification in ‘Post Graduate Management’ have a valid point not to get registered with AICTE. They say that they are neither offering degree nor diploma so there is no requirement to get registered with AICTE & UGC.

After talking to many concerned person of some of the well known colleges, I found that these colleges are not taking initiatives to get registered with AICTE due to cumbersome registration process, their course structure, fees restrictions (they are saying when they are providing best education then why should they not charge high fees), limited availability of seats and some unnecessary infrastructural issues.

Now, time has come when students should keep on remembering the principle of buying ‘Buyer Beware’. They should conduct well planned need based assessment before taking admission in any of the colleges.

All these views are personal and the authenticity of this article is subjected to the information available on various websites. Therefore, there are possibilities that the information which this article contains might be wrong. And for this, I can not be held responsible in anyway.

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