The National Capital Region is emerging as the hub of foreign learning in the country, thanks to a slew of collaborations between Indian universities based primarily in Gurgaon and Noida and front line institutions in America, Britain and Singapore.
The trend mirrors the economic boom in both NCR cities and an exponential rise in the number of youths seeking quality higher education as a result of increased migration into the region and a huge population growth.
Among foreign institutions now accessible from NCR are the universities of Virginia Tech,Carnegie Mellon, Raffles, Indiana, Warwick and Lancaster, which offer courses that range from engineering and technological streams to design.
A recent study conducted by Gurgaon-based consulting firm Technopak on higher education trends in India shows the emergence of global knowledge economies has a direct effect on the education scenario here. “With 200,000 students emigrating annually from India for higher education and more than 700 international collaborations of Indian institutes, students and parents are increasingly seeking ways to garner the benefits of global interconnectedness,” says Aurobindo Saxena, associate director of Technopak. “It’s only wise that international tie-ups are encouraged to help develop curriculum, provide affiliation to a reputed brand, assist in transfer of knowledge, placements and student-faculty exchange,” he adds.
The tie-ups are in the form of student-faculty exchange, twinning programmes, research collaboration and curriculum development. “In the last few years, we have witnessed a growing trend of such tie-ups. The demand for such courses is on the rise because of the emergence of new job opportunities in the areas of analytics, artificial intelligence, sustainability, climate change, fraud examiners and more,” Saxena explains.
India presently has 170 private universities of which 54 have come up only in 2012-13.
Among the private universities in NCR which are offering foreign degrees are Amity University-Amity Business School with 80 tie-ups followed by OP Jindal Global University (65 tie-ups), Galgotia University (12 tie-ups), Ansal University (10 tie-ups), Chandigarh Group of Colleges (5 tie-ups), Ashoka University (4 tie-ups) and GD Goenka World Institute (1 tie-up).