IITs to Conduct Entrance Examinations in Nepal and Other Seven Nations

IITs to Conduct Entrance Examinations in

Nepal and Other Seven Nations from 2017

With a main aim of attracting more international talent, the renowned Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) for the first time are planning to conduct their entrance tests in Singapore, UAE, Ethiopia and SAARC nations from the upcoming year to choose the foreign students for undergraduate (Bachelors) and postgraduate (Masters) level courses.iit

At a meeting between officials of HRD and External Affairs ministry, Government of India, eight countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan  (all SAARC member nations), Ethiopia in Africa, Singapore and Dubai (UAE) have been chosen  for holding entrance tests for foreign nationals from next year onwards.

The students will be selected through a common entrance exam which shall be administered by the IIT with the help of Indian missions in these countries.

However, the officials added that seats that are to be offered to foreign nationals would be surplus or additional in nature and will not decrease those available to Indian nationals at the 18 IITs. The fee applicable in the case of foreign students will also be more as the financed fee which Indians pay would not be applicable to them. To provide convenience to these foreign students MEA will consider giving them research visa for the duration of the program rather than one year at a time, officials added.

Since the test is to be held in 2017, the outreach program for the exercise would begin from August this year and shall be conducted in all the eight countries mentioned above. IIT Mumbai has been probed to prepare the needed information material for this outreach. It would include details of the tests, the courses and F.A.Qs. A web portal will be created for this purpose, according to the sources.

It is learned that the Indian Government is profound on more foreign students studying at IITs as it can enhance their academic rankings at the international level.

Source:- The TimesOfIndia

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