Consulting Services for FDI’s & India entry strategy

Investing in India’s Education Sector

With Government showing higher enthusiasm to attract FDI in K-12 education domain along with rising FDI investments, India is a market with limitless opportunities to expand. Erocon facilitates partnerships and tie-ups for international school brands, foreign institutions and charitable organizations working in the education sector willing to enter Indian markets.

Acquisition & Mergers by Foreign Institutions in Indian Education Sector
International Curriculum Agencies entering Indian Education Sector with Erocon as Channel Partner
International Education Brands Planning to enter Indian Markets via Franchise & Equity Model
Organizations Funding under CSR Pledge in Indian Education Sector

We guide our clients from overseas broadly on the following aspects:

  • Screening of partners/acquisition targets
  • Due Diligence reports before transactions
  • Appraisal on laws, regulations, tax and other government incentives.
  • Market Research, Feasibility study and location analysis
  • Brand Entry and Market Entry Strategy
  • Franchise expansion plan
  • Affiliation Compliances

India’s education sector offers a great opportunity with approximately 29 per cent of India’s population being between the age group of 0-14 years. India’s higher education segment is expected to increase to Rs 2,44,824 crore (US$ 35.03 billion) by 2025. India has been ranked 34 out of 100 countries in English Proficiency Index 2019. The education sector in India is estimated at Rs 6,40,891.3 crore (US$ 91.7 billion) in FY18 and is expected to reach Rs 7,06,587.9 crore (US$ 101.1 billion) in FY19. Increasing internet penetration is expected to help in education delivery. As of December 2018, internet penetration in India reached 46.13 per cent. As of March 2019, there are 66 million internet subscribers in India in age bracket of 5 to 11 years.

Education sector in India is an established priority domain of the Indian government. The Government of India has allowed 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the education sector through the automatic route since 2002. The sector has attracted cumulative FDI worth US$ 2.7 billion till date. Indian education sector witnessed 18 merger and acquisition deals worth Rs 342.4 crore (US$ 49 million) in 2017.  Even in the 2018 and 2019 cumulatively, India saw investments around US$ 1 Billion for take over of reputed education brands such as Oakridge International School, Laureate Education Group, Chirec International School, Euro Kids chain including Euro Schools, Euro Kids Preschool and Day Care, Billabong International School and Kangaroo Kids Pre schools and ongoing discussions of US$ 1.1 Billion take over of Sri Chaitanya Group of Schools.

As per 2020-21 Budget, it is anticipated for India to have the largest working age population by 2030 and education hence is being given the necessary attention by government to develop pool of skilled human resource pool. In addition, steps are being prepared to attract more FDI in the education sector thereby making education sector in India to be one of the most lucrative domain for investments both from Foreign and Domestic sources.

India has over 250 million school going students, more than any other country. It also has one of the largest networks of higher education institutions in the world. Number of colleges and universities in India reached 39,931 and 993, respectively in 2018-19. India had 37.4 million students enrolled in higher education in 2018-19. Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education reached 26.3 per cent in 2018-19.

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