World Bulletin / News Desk
Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are set to open entrance tests to foreign students in eight countries for undergraduate and postgraduate studies starting from 2017.
The ministries of External Affairs and Human Resource Development took the decision to accept foreign student from places such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Dubai,.
Currently, entry tests held outside of India are only open to Indian nationals in 18 IITs.
"This is the first time we have planned to admit foreign students by holding tests abroad. To begin with, we will admit students from the JEE/GATE exams to be conducted in 2017," said a senior Ministry of Human Resource Development official.
Eligible students will be selected through a common entrance exam administered by the IITs with the help of Indian missions.
The Indian government is keen to draw foreign students to its IITs to boost international rankings.
The Ministry of External Affairs will grant student visas for the duration of the period of study rather than require annual renewals.
Since the first test launching the initiative will be held in 2017, preparation to reach out to students is already underway as IIT Mumbai has been ordered to prepare promotional material.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will be the nodal agency on behalf of the MEA for the tests.
Opening the entrance test to Pakistanis means that admissions are up for grabs, but the question of acceptance ─ to the academic programme and the student body ─ still stands, and the treatment and security of Pakistani students will also remain an issue.Last Mod: 09 Mart 2016, 14:23