Top ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions to take in for­eign stu­dents


NEW DELHI: The Cen­tre has de­cided to open the gates of coun­try’s premier in­sti­tu­tions for for­eign stu­dents. As per the move, which is res­ur­rect­ing the ‘cred­i­bil­ity’ of coun­try’s tech­ni­cal and man­age­ment in­sti­tu­tions, the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment (HRD) has de­cided to re­lax the norms for for­eign stu­dents for ad­mis­sion in In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IIT) and In­dian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment (IIM).

Ac­cord­ing to a se­nior HRD of­fi­cial, the min­istry has al­lowed for­eign stu­dents to study in premier tech­ni­cal and man­age­ment in­sti­tu­tions with­out ap­pear­ing in Joint En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion (JEE) for ad­mis­sion in IITS and Com­bined Ap­ti­tude Test (CAT) for ad­mis­sion in IIMS under Study in In­dia pro­gramme.

The Study in In­dia ini­tia­tive, which would help in in­creas­ing the num­ber of stu­dents from over­seas, would be launched on Wed­nes­day.

“Under the flag­ship pro­gramme, other in­sti­tutes would also pro­vide re­lax­ation in fees to stu­dents from for­eign stu­dents. How­ever, stu­dents from over­seas would not get any schol­ar­ship on be­half of the gov­ern­ment,” the of­fi­cial said, adding that the HRD Min­istry has cre­ated a web por­tal chris­tened as Study in In­dia to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­ested stu­dents.

“The por­tal would serve as a sin­gle win­dow for for­eign stu­dents and stu­dents would be able to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion about var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions of the coun­try through the por­tal. Stu­dents can ap­ply for an in­sti­tu­tion of their choice di­rectly through the por­tal,” the of­fi­cial said, adding that more than 60 higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing IIT Roor­kee, Sym­bio­sis, have been added to this por­tal.

“More than 5 lakh stu­dents go abroad from our coun­try, while only 45,000 for­eign stu­dents come to In­dia for higher stud­ies. We are hop­ing a re­spectable in­crease in the num­ber of over­seas stu­dents as our ed­u­ca­tion is much cheaper and bet­ter than other de­vel­oped coun­tries,” the of­fi­cial said, adding that it would be ap­pli­ca­ble from this year aca­demic sea­son on­wards.

“At present, we are fo­cus­ing on 30 coun­tries of SAARC, West­ern Asia, East Asia and Africa. The In­dian Em­bassy and con­sulates func­tion in all 30 coun­tries have been di­rected to ap­point a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Study in In­dia pro­gramme to mo­ti­vate stu­dents study­ing in In­dia,” the of­fi­cial said.

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