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Globalization and Higher Education in India by M. Bhaskaran Nair, K. N. Panikkar

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General Agreement on Trade in Services and the Education Sector

B. Ekbal

The World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations held on 1996 formulated the policies for the international trade in services called General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The objective of GATS is progressive liberalization of trade in services and to provide secure and more open market in services in a similar manner as GATT has performed for trade in goods. This is the first multilateral agreement that provides legally enforceable right to trade in all services.

GATS in general covers all the services presently specified in 19 services, such as health and education services. Services provided entirely by the government, do not fall within the GATS rule. However, ...

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