ASSOCHAM suggests to set-up quality universities in Tier-II cities

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Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) conducted a study and has suggested that tier-II cities like Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Aligarh, should be made into centres for quality universities. The suggestion comes in a backdrop of high number of students from Tier-II cities going abroad for costly education, and to generate jobs in the sector.

In order to stop student migration, it has been recommended that high standard institutions should be set up on Public Private Partnership(PPP) model in these cities. Nearly, over six lakh Indian students go abroad for higher education, which means a foreign exchange outflow of Rs 95,000 crore annually.

According to DS Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM, India has a huge capacity constraint in providing quality higher education. The opening of higher education will result in providing 30-40 million additional jobs in the field of education alone. India has only 45,000 foreign students, as compared to 2-3 lakh in Australia.