Montek for foreign faculty in Indian Universities

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Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, planning commission has supported changing laws to allow universities to hire foreign faculty. Addressing the FICCI Higher Education Summit he said, “Indian universities must have an international flavour, international students, international staff. This would not happen unless the government removes the restriction on employment of international faculty. “

Under the current rules, Indian universities cannot recruit foreign faculty.

The challenge before planners, policy makers and educationists, both in the public and the private sector, is of producing the world class Indian universities that could be counted among the top 200 rating list, he said.

Ahluwalia added that expansion of higher education has to be balanced with equality of access, especially for those living in areas where educational institutes do not exist apart from excellence.

He added that Planning Commission is aiming for an increase in enrolment ratio in higher education to 30 per cent in the next 15 years.

Apart from higher education the 12th Plan Approach Paper will have a special emphasis on making primary education more widespread and higher education more research-based, he informed.

“We also need to do a lot more on research funding. We could do with more philanthropy but that will take time to come. So government funding has to increase,” he said.

Montek also came out in support of awarding government scholarships to meritorious students from private institutes.

According to estimates, the total government spending on education in India stood at 30 billion $ or 3.7 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product in 2010-11. On the other hand, private spending in education was estimated at 50 billion $ and is expected to grow to 115 billion $ by 2018.