The Centre on Friday said a ‘national accreditation authority' would soon be set up for regulating foreign educational institutions in the country.

“A legislative proposal for regulating the entry and operation of foreign educational institutions in India is under consideration of the government. We want to set up a national accreditation authority for the same,” Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said in the Rajya Sabha.

“The Bill related to the issue will come soon… All institutions will be under the scanner of this authority, and only those providing quality education, will be given accreditation,” Mr. Sibal said while replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour.

The Minister pointed out that despite best efforts, 69 institutions were still outside the purview of All-India Council for Technical Education. “We want to move towards regulation.”

Mr. Sibal also said that seven collaborations had been made between Indian and foreign institutions for imparting education, including technical education in the country.

“I would like to inform that all inter-ministerial consultations are over for Foreign Education Providers Bill and it will soon go to the Cabinet.”