Industrialist G P Hinduja, co-chairman of the Hinduja group, in a letter to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani in this regard said there is a need for enhancing the quality of higher education in the country through the participation of internationally reputed universities and institutions.
     
Hinduja's comments assume significance since no Indian university figures among the top 100 globally. The Hinduja group run a number of educational institutions.
     
In his letter, Hinduja said government should seek private sector support for upgrading Indian universities to world class institutions.
     
He said a need has been felt to bring in legislation to allow "credible and highly ranked" foreign universities and institutions to bring in their academic and research culture into the Indian education system.

Government must explore all viable options to create an enabling environment for this to happen, he said in his letter.
     
Hinduja said this must be done since there is interest from foreign universities who sense the demand and the potential and that there is equal interest from reputable business houses of India to contribute to the Indian higher education system through such meaningful collaborations.
     
"The Hinduja group has been approached by several prestigious educational institutions for working together here. We are willing to do so, but a policy framework is needed for foreign institutions to operate," he said.

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