AICTE has published a notification (dated May 16, 2005) on its web site annoucing revised regulations for the entry and operation of foreign universities/institutions imparting technical education in India. But the notification ends with a statement saying "The Regulations shall be subject to suitable review in the light of the recommendations of the C.N.R. Rao Committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development on this subject."
The C.N.R. Rao Committee which was set up by the Central Government in January 2005 was supposed submit its recommendations on the entry of foreign univerisities in India by April 15, 2005. A report in The Hindu (June 06, 2005) states that "the Centre was expecting by this month the report of a committee headed by noted scientist C.N.R. Rao on the setting up of foreign universities in the country."
The AICTE web site provides a list of approved foreign institutions that can operate in India and currently there are only two such institutions listed on the AICTE web site.
Here's a summary of AICTE's notification on the procedures and conditions for the entry of foreign universities in India.
Any application to AICTE by a Foreign University / Institution seeking to operate in India either directly or through collaborative arrangement with an Indian University / Institution must be accompanied by a No-Objection Certificate issued by the concerned Embassy in India. The Missions of the concerned Countries shall be required to certify genuineness of the educational institutions of their respective countries willing to offer study programmes in India.
Only such institutions shall be eligible to enter into collaboration/ partnership/twinning arrangements etc. with Foreign Universities/Institutions as are already in existence and are duly approved by the AICTE. De-novo institutions shall not be eligible. No franchisee system shall be allowed under these Regulations.
The fee to be charged and the intake in each course to be offered by a Foreign University/ Institution leading to a degree or diploma shall be as prescribed by the AICTE, giving due hearing to the concerned Foreign University/Institution.
Educational innovations including experimentation with different modes of delivery by a Foreign University / Institution shall only be allowed provided such a system is well established either in their parent Country or in India.
The Foreign Universities / Institutions already operating in India in various forms shall have to seek fresh approval from AICTE within six months from the date of issuance of this notification or before commencement of ensuing academic session, whichever is earlier and shall be governed by the Regulations and Guidelines of AICTE.
1. If a Foreign University / Institution fails to comply with any of the conditions
2. The AICTE shall also inform the concerned agencies including Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, RBI of such decisions and advise these agencies to take any or all of the following measures:
a. Refusal / withdrawal for grant of visa to employees/teachers of the said Foreign University / Institution.
b. Stop repatriation of funds from India to home Country.
c. Informing the public about the withdrawal of the Registration of such Foreign University /Institution and the consequences thereof .
Does 2. (b) above imply that foreign universities can repatriate funds out of India if they are complying with all other norms specified by the AICTE? Would this repatriation of funds be termed as repatriation of profits?
Annual Reports : The Foreign University / Institution shall submit an annual report giving details of the number of students admitted, programmes conducted, total fee collected, amount transferred to parent Country, investment made, number of students awarded degree, diploma and any such information that AICTE may ask for.
I hope this Annual Report will be published on the AICTE web site and made available to the public at large. That will go a long way towards fostering accountability and responsibility on the part of the foreign universities and institutions. This same condition must be imposed on all Indian univerisites and institutions as well, whether public or private.
This AICTE notification only covers foreign universities and institutions offering technical and presumably management education in India. I have not found any regulations or policy statements on the letting foreign universities and institutions offering non-technical education including medicine, law, arts, sciences, social sciences etc.