The countrys first university providing higher and professional education to Indians living abroad will be set up in Bangalore, the government announced on Friday.
The privately-run university will have 50 per cent seats reserved for People of Indian Origin and Non-Resident Indians. It is likely to start admissions from next year, said Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vyalar Ravi. The remaining 50 per cent seats will be open to students from within the country. The name is being finalised, he said.
The Manipal Academy of Higher Education will set up this deemed university, which would be governed by guidelines of the University Grants Commission. “The Ministry received 16 applications in response to the Expression of Interest invited in July 2007. The screening committee, which had representatives from seven ministries, shortlisted three,” the minister said.
“We wanted to allow all three applicants to start universities for PIOs and NRIs but legally we could grant it to only one, following a case filed in the Kerala High Court,” he said.
Ravi said the Manipal Academy would have complete autonomy to decide the courses, fees structure and administrative set-up. “The ministry will only supervise and see that the regulations are followed,” Ravi said.
Around 25 million Indians live abroad. About 15 million are PIOs settled in over a 100 countries.