To attract more foreign students, IITs for the first time would be conducting entrance tests in eight countries including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Singapore and Dubai, next year to select students for both undergraduate and postgraduate posts. An HRD minister stated, “The entrance tests to the IITs abroad have been held till now only to admit Indian nationals. This is for the first time that it has been planned to admit foreign students through tests held abroad. It is aimed that the plan would be operationalised from the JEE/GATE exams to be conducted in 2017”.
All students appearing for the exam would be selected through a common entrance exam, which would be administered by the IIT with the help of Indian missions in these countries. The seats to be offered to foreign nationals would be supernumerary or additional in nature and would not reduce those available to Indian nationals at the 18 IITs. These foreign students will have to shell out more fees as the subsidised fee, which Indian students pay, would not be applicable to them. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will consider giving them research visa for the duration of the programme rather than one year at a time if they get admitted into one of the IITs.
The test for this is scheduled to be held in 2017, the outreach programme for the exercise would begin from August this year and will be conducted in all these eight countries. IIT Mumbai has been given the task to prepare the necessary information material for this outreach. It would include details of the tests, the courses and FAQs and a web portal would also be created for this purpose. The government is keen on more foreign students studying at the IITs as it could boost their international academic rankings.
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