Pearson is looking to buy a stake in leading Indian education firm Manipal Global, according to local press reports.
The Times of India yesterday reported that the education giant and a number of private equity partners had approached the firm with a view to buying a major stake.
But the deal could hit regulatory hurdles because much of Manipal's operations are not-for-profit in nature, the paper reported, quoting sources close to the matter.
Bangalore-based Manipal runs a number of higher education institutions in India, Malaysia, Nepal and Dubai.
Pearson has already made a number of major investments in the Indian education sector.
In 2009, it invested $17.5 million (£11.0 million) for a 50% stake in vocational training provider IndiaCan. Last year, it also increased its shareholding in Bangalore-based learning technologies firm TutorVista to 76%, in a $127 million deal
At the time, group chief executive Marjorie Scardino (pictured) said the deal “signals our excitement about the vitality of India’s education sector".