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Our research in Education Intelligence aims to provide an accurate analysis of underlying trends relevant to the internationalisation of education. Our suite of reports focuses on student decision making, international student mobility, country profiles, and the internationalisation of policies of specific countries.

Updates on the Higher Education sector

Indian government encouraging foreign universities to set up campuses

Frequently asked questions

1. What is British Council's advice to the recently announced proposal that foreign universities can now set up campuses in India.

This is still at a proposal stage, but is expected to be approved in the coming months.  It is a step in the right direction, but UK universities will need to carefully consider potential bureaucratic hurdles of setting up a campus, alongside the reputational and financial risks.

2. Are all Foreign Educational institutions eligible to apply?

  • No, the proposed UGC (Establishment & Operation of Campuses of Foreign Educational Institutions) Rules mandate that the Foreign Educational institute:
  • should be in the top 400 in one of three global rankings - Times Higher Education Ranking, Quacquarelli Symonds ranking or Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings.
  • must be set up as a not-for-profit Section 25 company
  • will offer programmes of study or courses to be of quality comparable to those offered to students in its main campus.
  • would be required to maintain a corpus of not less than Rs 25 crore (approximately 2.5 million GBP). The rules also provide for penalties ranging from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore for FEP who contravene any provision of these Rules or UGC Act, and the forfeited of corpus fund.
  • degrees awarded would be treated as foreign degrees only and the same shall be subject to the equivalence accorded by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as per their system.

3.  Are there any UK universities looking to open campuses?

None, that we are aware of. However, some universities which have interest and existing ties in India are exploring models and options for a stronger presence. The preferred mode of operation continues to be partnership with local institutions to offer dual and joint degrees, and research collaborations, as the risks are much lower.

Reports on the Higher Education Sector

Find below reports on the Higher Education Sector with focus on South Asia in general and India in specific. Download to read the complete reports.

Research: Impact of financial resources on higher education choices in India

The British Council conducted a piece of research to broaden our understanding of the impact of household income and socio-economic background on higher education access and choice in India, and to provide a clearer picture of the financial profile of India’s domestic students enrolled in the key categories of domestic institutions.  This research will provide Indian higher education authorities, private providers and overseas universities with insight on income thresholds above which various forms of higher education become accessible. 

The report was formally launched through virtual mode on 29 October followed by a panel discussion with the British Council, academics from Indian higher education institutions, and key government stakeholders. The copy of the report is available in the downloads section below.