Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi Saturday said some south Indian states have expressed their desire to set up a university for non-resident Indians (NRIs) and persons of Indian origin (PIO).
"Sorry, I can't name which are the states but Kerala so far has not expressed its desire to establish the university. It would be a deemed university and 50 perc ent of the seats would be reserved for the children of NRIs and PIO and the remaining 50 per cent for Indian residents," said Ravi while interacting to reporters here.
He also elaborated that the Kerala government has to set aside the required land and the centre of learning would be set up by overseas Indian trusts or societies with credible standing and experience in the field of education under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.
"Already a few Indians settled in the US have expressed their desire, but it is clear to us that it can be set up by only reputed educational institutions," said Ravi.
The union cabinet recently cleared a proposal to set up the university in a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) under the University Grants Commission Act.
The seat of learning is likely to be a boon for the PIOs and NRIs spread across in nearly 130 countries. Students from these countries, particularly in the developing world, where educational facilities are either inadequate or are limited, look up to India for their higher educational needs.