To internationalise higher education, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Wednesday agreed in principle to open an offshore campus in Kazakhstan. Senior university officials said modalities pertaining to disciplines that could be taken up were discussed and diplomats from Kazakhstan would now send a detailed proposal to the varsity.
Ajay Kumar Dubey, JNU’s pro-vice-chancellor (rector), told TOI, “Internationalisation of higher education is a major thrust area of National Education Policy. Apart from IITs, JNU is the only one in the university system that has been mandated to set up offshore campuses. Several countries, including many African ones, have already approached us for the same.”
JNU vice-chancellor Santishree D Pandit met Nurlan Zhalgasbayev, extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Dubey said, “Though clear guidelines from the government are still awaited on certain aspects, we are taking up the challenge and exploring all possibilities. We need to bring in students in greater numbers and also send our students abroad for maybe a semester.”
On May 5, JNU’s executive council had given its nod to set up an office of international affairs to facilitate degree programmes in collaboration with higher education institutions globally. “There might be some limitations on the number of offshore campuses, depending on the resources of the university,” said Dubey.
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