From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Study India
To facilitate Internationalization of Higher Education in India, a Programme viz. ‘Study in India’ is under implementation.
- To make India a preferred education destination/hub for foreign students;
- Improve the soft power of India with focus on the neighbouring countries
- Use it as a tool in diplomacy;
- To rapidly increase the inflow of inbound International Students in India through systematic brand-building,
- Marketing, social media and digital marketing campaigns;
- To increase India’s market share of global education exports;
- Improvement in 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;
- Increase in global ranking of India etc.
- The programme focuses on attracting International students from select 30 plus countries across South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa.
- The programme envisages participation of select reputed Indian institutes/universities by way of offering seats for the International students at affordable rates, along with fee waivers to meritorious foreign students ranging from 100% to 25%.
- A centralised admission web-portal (https://studyinindia.gov.in) acts as a single window for the admission of foreign students.
- With the increase in number of foreign students, the global ranking of the Indian Higher Educational institutions will improve.
- The domestic students shall be exposed to a more diverse peer group and also get greater International exposure culminating in enhanced interest of Indian students to study in the country.
- This information was given by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.