Collaborations in HigherEd : Recent developments in the Indian Regulatory Framework

Thursday, June 21, 2018

SESSION: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (IST)


India intends to set up 20 world class institutes in the country and the scrutiny of applicants is underway. These prestigious institute of eminence, once in existence, will have a lot more flexibility in their operations, including collaborations with foreign universities, research and offering new-age programmes. The government has also granted autonomy to 62 educational institutes in India. The grant of autonomy allows certain category of universities to collaborate with foreign institutes without the requirement of any prior government approval, focus on research arrangements and skill based courses. ‘Study in India’ programmes are also being launched to attract foreign students in India. This is likely to give a further boost to collaborations.

Join us for a webinar on June 21 , 2018 where we will share our views on how collaborations are structured in India, the new regulatory changes and how they affect collaborations, and the do’s and don’ts for collaborations in HigherEd.

Focus Area

The webinar will discuss the following:

  • Structures to be considered for collaborations in HigherEd in India, in the regulated and unregulated segment
  • Recent regulatory changes in HigherEd in India, with focus on regulations governing Institute of Eminence, conferment of Autonomous status on institutes, and online degree courses.
  • Important aspects to consider while entering into collaboration agreements in India

Flow of the session

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Head of Singapore and Global Leader - Education, TMT & International Commercial Law Practice Groups

Nishith Desai Associates

Mr. Vivek Kathpalia is the head of the Singapore office of the multiskilled, research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates ( He heads the Education, TMT & International Commercial Law Practice Groups.

He has been advising clients from across the spectrum in the education space. This includes regulatory advice, structuring complex cross-border and domestic transactions including joint ventures, private equity, private debt, M&A and dispute resolution. The education team at the firm works with all other practice areas to provide our education clients holistic advice. The team has developed a niche in the space as experts in education law in India. Clientele includes providers and investors. These include K-12 including preprimary, higher education including foreign universities, edtech companies & private equity and venture capital. The team is also involved in education policy and regulatory reform and is constantly engaged with like-minded organizations in this pursuit.


Leader, Education & Intellectual Property Law Practice Groups

Nishith Desai Associates

Ms. Aarushi Jain is the leader of the firm’s Education and Intellectual Property Groups and is based out of the Mumbai office.

With a niche focus on education sector, she has advised several clients, including k-12 schools and universities, EdTech companies and strategic investors, both domestic and international, on legal, regulatory and tax issues. She assists clients with structuring cross border collaborations, credit transfer arrangements, acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, marketing and distribution deals. She has also been involved in several IP structuring and strategic IP acquisition deals.

Aarushi graduated with top honors and holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Pune, India. She also focuses on policy reforms and has authored articles on regulatory and tax issues in the education sector.