Established in 1927, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organisation in India. Its history is closely interwoven with India's struggle for independence, its industrialization, and its emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies.
A non-government, not-for-profit organisation, FICCI is the voice of India's business and industry. From influencing policy to encouraging debate, engaging with policy makers and civil society, FICCI articulates the views and concerns of industry. It serves its members from the Indian private and public corporate sectors and multinational companies, drawing its strength from diverse regional chambers of commerce and industry across states, reaching out to over 2,50,000 companies.
FICCI has been playing a proactive role in the Higher Education sector for more than 17 years and has been the first industry association to advocate reforms in the sector by carrying out research, surveys, and studies. It has been a platform for policy advocacy, creating sustainable academia-industry linkages, networking and knowledge sharing and promoting collaborative ventures in academic exchanges, industry-oriented research/ consultancy, and value-added services.
In the last one and a half decades, FICCI has become a thought leader in higher education and has contributed immensely by submitting several thought-provoking knowledge papers that includes FICCI ‘Vision 2030 for higher education’, ‘State-focused roadmap to India’s Vision 2030’, ‘Future of jobs and its implication in Indian higher education’ and ‘Leapfrogging to Education 4.0’. The FICCI Higher Education Vision 2030 paper has given direction to several educational reforms and is reflected in the National Education Policy 2020. Several of the regulations and announcements of the government such ‘UGC Graded Autonomy Regulation 2018’, ‘Institute of Eminence, and ‘Study in India’ have emanated from various discussions at FICCI forums and the knowledge papers.
FICCI has been organizing a Global Higher Education Summit for the last 16 years, supported by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and University Grants Commission, which has become one of FICCI’s signature events and a sought-after platform around the world.