Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) to conduct a Joint Entrance Examination for international students.
IITs are among India’s best institutes. However, none of them figure among the top 200 global schools.
So, in an effort to give a global push,the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will now conduct a Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) exams in nine countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Singapore, the UAE and Ethiopia.
The decision taken by the IIT Council recently, to provide opportunity for eligible foreign students to study in the top ranked engineering colleges in India is being seen as an effort to improve the international standing of these premier institutes.
However, the initiative has not been extended to neighbouring but arch-rival Pakistan.
IIT Bombay has been designated the National Coordinator to arrange the visit of IIT teams to these countries with the Indian Missions abroad.
The initiative is expected to be operational from academic year 2017-18. With a view to improve the international standing of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the IIT Council has decided to provide opportunity for the eligible foreign students to study in the IITs.
Under this initiative, Joint Entrance Examination will be conducted in these countries and eligible foreign students would be given opportunity to take the exam. Only such candidates who qualify in this exam would be offered admission to study in the IITs subject to the following:
The entire cost of admission of the foreign students may be recovered from the student fee which may or may not be covered by a scholarship. There shall be no additional cost to Government on account of these admissions.
There shall be no reduction in the seats available for students in India while providing admissions to foreign students. These seats would be considered as supernumerary seats.
There shall be no discrimination in giving facilities between Indian and foreign students.
Across the 18 IITs, around 130 foreign students are enrolled in post-graduate courses and at least 100 for PhD, information provided by IITs has revealed.
As many as 25,000 Indian students are enrolled in these programmes.