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Guidelines for foreign universities to set up their campuses in India will be notified soon, Education and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.

In an interview with PTI, the Education Minister said, “We are going to make a paradigm shift. So, we will move forward after exploring all possibilities and clearing all doubts. The guidelines are under deliberation and I am confident that the UGC will notify them soon.”

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Pradhan further said that two IITs, including Delhi and Madras, are in progressive stages of establishing their campuses abroad and India is in talks with several other countries that have expressed interest. He said the Ministry of External Affairs along with Minister S Jaishankar is monitoring the project and coordinating it with various options and combinations being deliberated on.

When the Education Minister was asked about the decision of states like Karnataka and West Bengal not to implement the National Education Policy (NEP), he said his objections are political and not academic.

He added: “I have still not been able to understand what their actual objection is about. West Bengal has brought out an alternative document. We have seen it and it is 99 per cent similar to the NEP.”

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According to Pradhan, the ministries of Education and Skill Development have been working together to train students. “To achieve this, we are creating a synergy between education and skills to provide students with both academic and practical skills.” She said there are around 1,000 skill centers with one lakh candidates enrolled in them and further they plan to establish 5,000 such centres.

He added: “The Academic Credit Bank enables the mobility of students between higher education institutions and helps a seamless integration of skills and experiences in a credit-based system.”

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Pradhan also mentioned the issue of “dummy schools” as one of the major concerns that has arisen over the years. He said students will have the option to appear for the class 10 and 12 board exams twice, similar to the JEE engineering entrance exam, where the best score will be chosen. This update was announced under the New Curriculum Framework (NCF) published by the Ministry of Education in August this year.

(With input from PTI)

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Updated: October 8, 2023, 01:45 pm IST

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