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Foreign Universities in India: Who’s Coming and Why?

My article was published in Financial Express on the primary motives of foreign universities interested in India and their influence on key Indian higher education trends. Given below is the article which is also available here.


While the Foreign Educational Institutions Bill is still awaiting discussions in Parliament, there is continued interest and curiosity about which foreign universities will come to India and how will the Bill influence Indian higher education?

Over the last decade, Indian higher education has witnessed three primary trends—growth of private institutions, increasing demand for professional education and widening regional disparity. These three trends will become stronger with the introduction of the Bill and more foreign universities with profit/revenue motives are expected to establish campuses in India.

Motives of foreign universities

Global higher education systems are diverse and within each system there are a wide range of institutions with varying mission…

China beats India in the race for quality in management education

China has beaten India in terms of meeting benchmarks of quality and international reputation in management education. There are 10 AACSB accredited institutions in China as compared to none in India. AACSB accreditation is a rigorous and time-intensive process which takes several years and less than five percent on the institutions in the world have managed to achieve it. Chinese B-schools have shown better foresight and commitment to quality than Indian institutions. Here is a special report by BusinessWeek on B-schools in China.

This becomes even more depressing for India if one considers the total number of management institutions. There are more than 2,000 B-schools in India as compared to around 230 in China. Thus, while India is way ahead of China in terms of quantity, it has lagged behind in quality.

Chinese B-schools have also been more successful in forging international collaborations and offering joint-programs in China. For example, Washington Olin-Fudan, Shanghai Jiaotong…

AICTE should recognize one-year MBA and ensure quality

AICTE recently issued a notification related to Post Graduate Diploma in Management - PGDM (MBA) which requires the standard length of PGDM programs to be two years. (Here is a related article on the impact of notification on entrance tests.)

This is contrary to the increasing demand for one-year MBA programs, both in India and abroad. It also gives confusing message to students and institutions about what are the differences between recognized and unrecognized, one-year and two-year MBA programs. For example, Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM) received AICTE approval for its one year PGPM as "certificate" program in August 2010 and not diploma program.

At times when cost of MBA programs is increasing, one-year MBA offer a unique value proposition and a viable opportunity for individuals with significant work-experience. European institutions have been early adopters of one-year MBA and European Quality Link (EQUAL)--an association in the field of European management…

Indian Higher Education Trends 2011

While 2010 was a year of "announcements", 2011 is expected to be a year of "implementation". Indian higher education will gain more attention from stakeholders and the future is paved with enthusiasm at one level and anxieties at another level. Given below are the top seven trends to watch for 2011. Detailed version of this article was published in EDU magazine.




#1: Internationalization will become a dominant theme
Internationalization as a strategy for building reputation will gain prominence. Foreign universities bill is expected to clear in 2011, however, it will have a limited impact in the immediate term. Most universities would still attempt to craft collaborations by working around the stipulations of the bill and engage in low-risk, non-degree partnerships.

#2: Global accreditation will become the gold standard
Pursuit of global accreditations will gain momentum among private universities seeking world-class partnerships and status. Some of the early adopt…