US officials said on Thursday that while economic and diplomatic ties exist between India and the US, cooperation in the education sector between the two countries can be scaled up.
Speaking at the US-India Business Council in Washington, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said the US is keen on removing barriers that limit the American educational institutes from setting up centres in India. He said the process for the US schools to enter into partnerships with India leave much to be desired and is a challenging task.
While the Foreign Educational Institution (Regulation of Entry and Operation) Bill, 2010, has been approved by Cabinet, it is yet to be passed by Parliament. As per the provisions of the Bill, the proposals of any institution seeking to set up campuses in India will go through a due process of scrutiny.
The current structure in India does not allow foreign universities from offering degrees here. The bill would help bring in institutions of repute to India.