The Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) is a not-for-profit agency with an initial capital base of Rs. 1000 Crore and was announced in the last budget.
To be set up under the Companies Act, HEFA will be registered with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as Non-banking Finance Company (NBFC).
This NBFC, to be headed by a banker, will have a board with five donors and five institutions selected on rotation basis. All centrally funded higher educational institutions will automatically be added as members.
The body will source funds from the market and supplement them with donations and CSR funds.
These funds will be used to finance improvement in infrastructure in India’s top educational institutions by supporting capital expenditure for building infrastructure in IITs, NITs, IIITs and IISERs and central universities.
It will also be used to fund state-of-the-art research labs and other infrastructure.
The bank said it has initiated steps in this regard to operationalise the HEFA subject to necessary approvals or permissions “from the regulators and the Government of India”.
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