IITs Opens Door for Foreign Students

Mar 2016 Source: MOTACHASHMA

IIT- Indian Institute of Technology, the prestigious institute for technology will now conduct the JEE Advanced exam in Singapore, Ethiopia, UAE and the SAARC nations (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal). This unprecedented idea has been proposed by MHRD, Ministry of External Affairs and IITs to provide equal opportunities to the Indians living abroad to get admission into IITs. JEE Main which is a qualifying exam for admission into IITs was already conducted in countries outside India for admission in other prestigious engineering institutes in the country apart from IIT, NITs, CFTIs. As envisaged by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the admission would be regularized through JEE/Gate exams and this would provide equal opportunities to all for getting associated with this institution.

Till last year, the JEE advanced exam was conducted only for the Indian students and as envisaged by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the admission would be regularized through JEE/Gate exams and it would provide equal opportunities to all for getting associated with this institution.

IITs now open for Foreign Students

Seats for Indian Students will not be affected

But, there was some concern from the indigenous applicants and that has been answered through the introduction of supernumerary seats to support the interest of the Indian applicants. Under the supernumerary seats, the institution will make a reserve category of seats that will not affect the seats meant for the Indian students.

There will be some 10,000 seats added across 18 IITs to admit students from abroad but the proposal will not bring the entire benefits to the foreign nationals and no fee subsidy would be granted to them, they will have to pay the complete annual tuition fees that would amount to INR 5,00,000 or $7288. Generally, Indian students are charged Rs. 90,000 or $1312 as the annual tuition fee.

IIT Delhi has improved its worldwide Rank

Under Times Higher Education World University Ranking, the assessment of all the universities from the world is done based on teaching, research, citation, international outlook and industry income. Reckoning all these possibilities and provisions, IIT Delhi has fared well in comparison to other universities in India occupying the 179th position worldwide. Such feats have captivated nationals from developing and under-developed countries to look forward to India as a destination to get a better education at reasonable cost. The improved quality and quantum of research at IIT has pushed the university higher in comparison to 2014. IIT Delhi which was at the 235th position in 2014 has jumped higher and reached 179th position. IIT Bombay has also been following the footsteps of IIT Delhi by jumping to the 202nd position from 222nd. IIT Madras and IIT Kanpur have improved their rankings due to many of the undergraduate batches that graduated last year.

With IITs initiative, nationals from underdeveloped and developing countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka can have access to quality education in the near future. It is anticipated that the admission process will roll from the year 2017 onwards.

2017 will definitely witness diversity redefined in the best way across all IIT’s, it would be interesting to see how the global students react to this possibility.

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