Human resource development minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said a network of universities forming a meta university to allow students to pick courses from across disciplines from different institutions will be ready by the next academic session.
"I am hopeful that by next academic year, we will be able to start the meta university," Sibal said, addressing a conference on uniting knowledge communities organised by US-India Business Council.
The meta university will, for example, let an engineering student pick up a degree in literature.
"Meta universities will create a platform in cyber space and ultimately the student will get a degree not from one but many universities," Sibal said addressing a conference on uniting knowledge communities organised by US-India Business Council.
The minister said that despite all apprehensions, meta universities are the future.
He said making education global in nature would be in favour of all, and expressed hope that the bill to allow foreign universities in India will also get final clearance soon.
"When we talk about foreign collaboration, people think fee will be hiked, they ask why can't Indians teach Indians, why do we need foreign teachers, what will happen to the IIT system of education," Sibal said.
"Ultimately, it is the Indian students who will benefit," he said, adding that the apprehensions should be set aside.
The minister said the proposed optic fibre network which will connect all villages will be complete in two to two and a half years, and all homes will be connected through broadband.
He said the national knowledge network connecting universities and colleges across India will be complete in another six months.
Announced in the budget speech of 2008-09, the pan India network will connect colleges enabling them to share material and resources.