23 of India’s premier science and technology institutes – IITs and IISc – have launched a platform offering single-window admission for foreign students in India, in a bid to make admission processes easier.
There are currently approximately 600 masters and doctorate courses on offer to foreign students in India for the 2020 academic year, including those of Indian origin.
The online platform by the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Science (IISc) provides foreign students “a convenient interface to view and apply to multiple programmes simultaneously,” the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) said.
LiveMint reported that IIT Bombay, along with 22 other IITs and IISc, believe that this move will bring more international students to these premier engineering and science schools in India.
IITs and IISc want to become more attractive for foreign students
Many of India’s top universities have been working to attract foreign students in order to raise revenue, diversify their campuses and improve their global ranking.
These universities are now expanding their doctoral fellowships to foreign students to improve international student numbers and the present initiative is hoped to ease admission.
IIT Bombay stated that: “Applicants will be informed of their selection through the portal, and they can accept any one offer and proceed with the other formalities of entry into the country and admission process at the chosen institute.”
While students from south Asian countries benefit from lower tuition fees compared to other international students, the IITs said that other international applicants will have opportunities to secure teaching or research assistantships to fund their education in India.
Together with an easier application process, scholarships and hostel accommodation, IITs, “now expect to see a significant increase in the number of international students on their campuses.”
IITs and IIScs typically have less than 1% of their students coming from foreign countries.
In July, we reported that IIT Delhi is targeting to enrol some 500 students by 2024.
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