India is planning to open central government schools in Gulf countries to provide affordable and quality education to the large Indian expat population in the region.
"The HRD ministry is seriously considering a proposal to open Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central Government Schools) in the Gulf region. The ministry is consulting Indian embassies in the region in this regard to explore the possibilities of opening such schools. The project is still in the pipeline," Minister of State for Human Resource Development MAA Fatmi said.
"If the government succeeds in opening Kendriya Vidyalayas in the Middle East, it will be able to provide quality education at much lower costs," Fatmi told Kuwait Times.
At present, few schools in the region are administered by Indian missions while a majority is run by private groups as community schools where frequent fee rise has been a cause of concern for Indian families.
There are around 100 Indian schools in the Gulf region under the CBSE system.