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'We Must Strengthen Our University System, Allow Foreign Institutions In'

An unusually taciturn HRD minister on the proposed 'super regulator' for universities and his plans to open the doors to foreign universities

'We Must Strengthen Our University System, Allow Foreign Institutions In'
Narendra Bisht
'We Must Strengthen Our University System, Allow Foreign Institutions In'
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In his first interview since taking charge of the human resources ministry, Kapil Sibal admits he's "feeling the weight". Lola Nayar asks an unusually taciturn Sibal about the proposed 'super regulator' for universities and his plans to open the doors to foreign universities. Excerpts:

The president, in her address, has said that a Higher Education Commission or a 'super regulator' will be set up. What's your timeline?

We need to work on this fast because, as indicated in the presidential address, it is part of the 100 days' agenda. So we must initiate steps to get that going. It will mean a separate or different structure will have to be put in place to ensure expansion, inclusiveness and excellence, which translate into access, equity and quality.

As suggested by the National Knowledge Commission and the Yashpal committee, will there be three separate wings—academic, grants and accreditation—under the 'super regulator'?

No government is a slave to any commission's recommendations, but these recommendations are...
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