The Indian government has launched "Stay in India and Study in India" initiative for Indian students studying abroad to get admissions in top Indian institutions.
The initiative was launched in the wake of Indian students abroad willing to return to India in the wake of corona pandemic in foreign countries, which is worse than India.
Union minister for human resource development (UMHRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal on Saturday, July 25, 2020 announced setting up a panel headed by UGC chairman DP Singh to address issues related to Indian students coming from abroad amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that Indian students abroad are coming back and Indian students who were planning to go abroad have changed their minds amid Covid-19 pandemic.
He asked UGC officials to address the issues of these students to provide them hassle-free admissions in Indian institutions.
"Address the needs of the students aspiring to go abroad and take some initiatives to retain them by providing appropriate opportunities of education in premier institutions in India. Addressing the concerns of students returning from abroad by supporting them to complete their programme here in India," the minister directed officials.
He directed the panel to form guidelines for the initiative 'Stay in India and Study in India'. He also added that the government plans to increase the intake seat capacity for all premier institutions by up to 50% and also increase the institutes of eminence to 50 by 2024.
There should be a smooth admission process and transition process for students who are returning from abroad due to the coronavirus situation. He directed the committee to submit the report within 15 days.
The committee has been asked to focus on these issues to form guidelines.
Starting multi-disciplinary and innovative programs Staring twinning and joint degree programs Setting up of cross-country designing of centres Facilitating online lectures by eminent faculty abroad Establishing link between academia and industry Facilitate joint degree ventures Allow lateral entry to Indian higher education institutions Seat Capacity to be increased by 50% at Eminent Institutes in India