Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: Particulars of the Scheme
Mains level: Measures for internationalization of higher education in India
‘Study in India’ Programme
- To facilitate Internationalization of Higher Education in India, a Programme viz. ‘Study in India’ has been launched.
- EdCIL(India) Limited is the implementing agency for the Programme.
- Its objectives are:
- to make India an education hub for foreign students;
- improve the soft power of India with focus on the neighbouring countries and use it as a tool in diplomacy;
- to rapidly increase the inflow of inbound International Students in India through a systematic brand-building, marketing, social media and digital marketing campaigns;
- to increase India’s market share of global education exports;
- improvement in the overall quality of higher education;
- to reduce the export-import imbalance in the number of international students;
- growth in India’s global market share of International students; and
- increase in global ranking of India etc.
Provisions of the SIP
- The programme focuses on International students from select 30 countries across South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa for a period of two years i.e. for the academic years 2018-19 and 2019-20.
- It envisages participation of select reputed Indian institutes/universities by way of offering seats for the International students at affordable rates.
- This Programme does not offer any Scholarships, however, fee waivers to meritorious foreign students ranging from 100% to 25% are offered.
- A centralised admission web-portal (https://studyinindia.gov.in/) acts as a single window for the admission of foreign students.