National Education Policy and the Road Ahead for Internationalisation of Higher Education

Sep 24, 2020

The U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad and Indian School of Business came together to organise a series of three International Dialogues on National Education Policy 2020 focusing on different aspects of the policy.

In the first inaugural session held on September 24, 2020, we deliberated on ‘internationalisation of higher education’. A much-awaited national framework for internationalisation of higher education was critically important to explore India’s potential to become a hub for education. This has now been made possible through the National Education Policy of 2020. The policy states that: “India will be promoted as a global study destination providing premium education at affordable costs thereby helping to restore its role as a Vishwa Guru. High performing Indian universities will be encouraged to set up campuses in other countries, and similarly, selected universities eg. those from among the top 100 universities in the world will be facilitated to operate in India” (12.8, National Education Policy 2020). The objective of the first inaugural dialogue was to talk about the prospects and opportunities in higher education for international players and also to discuss the challenges associated with India's move to internationalize education.

The panellists who shared their valuable perspectives were – Consul General Joel Reifman, U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad (spoke about the importance of Indo-US relations in the space of higher education), Smt Anju Sharma, IAS, Principal Secretary Higher Education, Government of Gujarat (spoke about the need to move from ‘admissions, curriculum and examinations’ to ‘pedagogy, research and collaborations’), Prof Rajendra Srivastava, Dean ISB (spoke about the importance of technology and the need to change from competition to cooperation); BVR Mohan Reddy, Executive Chairman of Cyient and Chairman of CII National Committee on Education (urged for a cautious approach towards internationalization of higher education and the need for quality of education);  Prof Uday B Desai, Founder Director IIT Hyderabad and Chancellor, Anurag University (talked about the possibility of Indian institutes opening its branches abroad and the importance of collaborations); Professor Suresh Kumar, Member UGC and Vice Chancellor, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) (talked about the need for integrating Arts and Sciences in the context of multidisciplinary education). Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder, IndiaSpend and BOOM, moderated the session.

The National Education Policy makes some significant points on internationalisation. The session raised many important questions like - Do we anticipate a greater interest from top global universities to expand their footprint into India? How do we convert the intent into actionable items for higher educational institutions in India? What are the low hanging items? How can the issues with access and quality be addressed through internationalisation? besides others.

As part of this series, there are two more sessions planned in upcoming weeks, details will be announced soon on our website