The Ministry of Education informed the Lok Sabha on Monday, February 6, 2023, that over 30 lakh Indians travelled abroad for higher education between 2017 and 2022.
Subhas Sarkar, the Union Education Minister of State, provided the information in a written response to a question from JD(U) MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh and others.
The Ministry of Home Affairs' Bureau of Immigration keeps track of Indian departure and arrival data. However, there is no index that captures the group of Indians who study overseas. The purpose of Indians travelling overseas for higher education is manually recorded based on either their verbal revelation or the type of visa produced by them at the time of immigration clearance.
According to the government, 7.50 lakh Indians stated their purpose of visit as study or education when travelling abroad in 2022. In previous years, the figure was 4.4 lakhs (2021), 2.59 lakhs (2020), 5.86 lakhs (2019), 5.17 lakhs (2018), and 4.54 lakhs (2017).
The minister was also asked if it is true that the money spent by Indian students overseas exceeds the country's education budget, and if the government has any plans to construct "International Universities of high level" to save the costs.
Furthermore, the administration has acknowledged that there is currently no proposal to establish an International University in the country.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has, on the other hand, drafted enabling Regulations to facilitate the development of campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India.
The draft of the University Grants Commission (Setting up and Operation of Campuses of Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India) Regulations, 2023 was made public, and all stakeholders were asked to provide feedback, recommendations, and comments by January 18, 2023. However, in response to stakeholder requests, the deadline for submitting comments on the proposed Regulations has been extended to February 20, 2023.
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