ICCR stream­lines schol­ar­ship sys­tem for for­eign stu­dents after com­plaints against of­fi­cers

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tion in Chit­toor, while they had ap­plied for more re­puted in­sti­tutes.”

A source said that the col­lege would send its rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the ICCR head­quar­ters in Delhi ev­ery year to col­lect hun­dreds of ap­pli­ca­tions and would get around 500 for­eign stu­dents even though not a sin­gle stu­dent had ap­plied for the Chit­toor col­lege in the last two years.

A source in the MEA told this news­pa­per: “Such col­leges do not have even ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing ad­e­quate board­ing and lodg­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Even the medium of in­struc­tion and teach­ing was in a ver­nac­u­lar lan­guage which the stu­dents could not un­der­stand. Some stu­dents even com­plained of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion faced at such in­sti­tu­tions. Such mal­prac­tice was also re­ported by the stu­dents to their re­spec­tive em­bassies and high com­mis­sions in India. This ag­i­tated sev­eral Heads of State who had threat­ened to take up this mat­ter at the high­est level in India. Some coun­tries even in­formed Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi of this.” To pro­mote good­will to­wards India through soft diplo­macy, ev­ery year, the ICCR makes pro­vi­sions to grant aca­demic schol­ar­ships to some 3,000 to 3,500 stu­dents from sev­eral na­tions to come and study in re­puted In­dian uni­ver­si­ties and learn about In­dian cul­ture and her­itage. For the vis­it­ing stu­dents, ICCR also or­gan­ises pro­grammes like Bharat Dar­shan, sum­mer and winter camps and in­ter­ac­tions with In­dian dig­ni­taries.

Cur­rently, 6,351 ICCR schol­ars are study­ing in dif­fer­ent In­dian uni­ver­si­ties. Last year, the ICCR granted schol­ar­ships to 1,605 stu­dents from dif­fer­ent coun­tries to study in India.

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