New Delhi: After banning Chinese apps and launching a massive crackdown against Chinese hawala network, the Centre is now looking at restricting academic associations between India and China, a Bloomberg report said. Also Read - China Increases Military Presence Near Arunachal Pradesh Border, India Moves Troops

The report said that like Pakistani businessmen, academics, now Chinese businessmen, academics, industry people will need prior security clearance for visas. The activities of India universities with tie-ups to Chinese institutions are likely to be drastically scaled down. Also Read - 'Not Allowed to Speak': Congress MPs Walk Out From Lok Sabha, Demand Debate on India-China Border Issue

Several universities and their departments have MOUs with Chinese educational institutions. The Indian Institutes of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and several other universities have tie-ups with Chinese varsities. Also Read - India-China Border Dispute: S Jaishankar's Meeting With Chinese Foreign Minister in Moscow Concludes

With the exception of Mandarin language courses, tie-ups with Chinese institutions are likely to be discontinued, the report said.

In the aftermath of the clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Galwan valley, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, India banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, WeChat, Helo etc.

The US and Australia have taken similar steps to limit China’s influence.