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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

FDI IN HIGHER EDUCATION: "Safeguard against poaching by foreign institutions"!

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Special Correspondent, The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 3, 2011.

“They have to retain original status and high standards of education”
Expressing concern over the possibility of the Foreign Education Providers poaching into Indian institutions for qualified and experienced faculty, the department-related Parliamentary Committee on Human Resource Development has recommended putting in place adequate safeguards to prevent it.
In its report on the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010, tabled in the Rajya Sabha here on Monday, the committee said that the acute shortage of qualified and experienced faculty in higher educational institutions was causing serious concern. With the coming of Foreign Educational Institutions (FEIs), this was bound to aggravate. The committee said adequate safeguards against poaching, as recommended by the CNR Rao Committee, needed to be put in place and suitably reflected in the Act or the Rules.
The committee also believed that the trend of students going abroad in pursuit of higher standards might not stop with the enactment of this proposed law, but it could be curtailed by ensuring that the FEIs, which set up their centres here, lived up to the expectations of the students. They should, it said, retain their original status and high standards, employ highly qualified faculty and provide the best teaching techniques.
Medical education
While appreciating the concept behind the proposed legislation, the committee said the Bill should include all the modifications made by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to make it more clear and comprehensive. A provision for medical education had to be made to safeguard the interests of the students and other stakeholders.

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