IITs opened up to Saarc na­tions, Africa

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Stu­dents in Africa and Saarc coun­tries will next year get a chance to join In­dia’s top en­gi­neer­ing col­leges, with the gov­ern­ment plan­ning to take the ad­mis­sion test over­seas. But, Pak­istan is not part of the plan.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the gov­ern­ment has de­cided that stu­dents from Pak­istan, one of the eight mem­bers of South Asian As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion, can­not study at the Indian In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy or sit the joint en­gi­neer­ing ex­am­i­na­tion (Ad­vanced). Ear­lier, only Indian stu­dents could write the JEE. “There were a num­ber of is­sues that had to be taken into ac­count as to whether stu­dents from Pak­istan will be able to get visa or not if we de­cided to hold exam there. So it has been de­cided not to hold the en­trance exam there,” a hu­man re­source devel­op­ment min­istry of­fi­cial said. “Field­work for the other coun­tries will start by Au­gust.”

The state of bi­lat­eral ties — tense even at the best of times — be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan has of­ten spilled on to ar­eas like sport. Some Saarc ini­tia­tives such as the South Asia trans­port cor­ri­dor have failed to take off be­cause the two sides couldn’t re­solve dif­fer­ences.

Ear­lier, it was de­cided that the min­istry would con­duct JEE (Ad­vanced), which se­lects can­di­dates for the top tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes in In­dia, and GATE in Pak­istan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Dubai among other coun­tries, said an­other HRD of­fi­cial. To get the plan go­ing, for­mer JEE (Ad­vanced) chair­per­sons will visit schools in the tar­get coun­tries to gauge stu­dents’ in­ter­est in IITs, which en­joy a good stand­ing glob­ally.

The min­istry in Jan­uary de­cided that IITs would of­fer some seats to for­eign stu­dents on su­per­nu­mer­ary ba­sis, which means seats would be added to ac­com­mo­date over­seas stu­dents.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.