The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) from academic institutions for establishing four universities for children of NRIs and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO). The EOI has been called for setting up universities in cities other than Bangalore as one NRI university is already going to come up there.
The EOI said preference would be given to those institutions which are already in possession of at least 100 acres of land and have experience in the field of university education as compared to primary and secondary education. The government had indicated about plans for starting universities for children of NRIsPIO at a Pravasi Bharat meet held last year. The guidelines for setting up these universities, put out on the website of the ministry, said that 50 % of the seats in these universities would be reserved for children of NRIs and PIOs while the remaining 50 % seats would be given to resident Indian students.