'Study in India': Seats for foreign students at IISc

The 'Study in India' programme offers 'freeship' to 25% of the total foreign students enrolling in the universities and colleges identified by the government.

The Union government on Wednesday rolled out an ambitious programme to increase the number of foreign students, offering them as many as 50,000 seats in various disciplines at the country’s 160 higher education institutions, including Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and three others from Karnataka.

The “Study in India” programme of the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, launched by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at an event here, offers “freeship” to 25% of the total foreign students enrolling in the universities and colleges identified by the government. Besides, the programme also offers 50% waiver in fee to another set of 25% foreign students to be admitted under the programme. Half of the remaining foreign students will get 25% fee waiver.

“Only 25% (foreign) students will have to pay full tuition fee (and other charges applicable to the foreign students in India) after getting admission in India,” Minister of State for HRD, Satya Pal Singh said while addressing the event. All the freeships, fee-waiver and scholarships will be accorded to the foreign students on merit basis.

Web portal

A web portal http://www.studyinindia.gov.in/ was also launched for the foreign students to select the institute and programmes.

Though the ministry’s programme aims at making India an attractive destination for “affordable and quality education” for all foreign students, its focus is on attracting students from 30 countries which include those in Africa and the Middle East as well as neighbouring Afghanistan and Nepal.

Addressing the dignitaries, Swaraj said that her ministry was already engaged in facilitating foreign students’ education and research in India but the ‘Study in India,’ programme of the HRD ministry was “different” from what her ministry was offering so far.

39,000 visas issued

Higher education secretary of the HRD ministry R Subrahmanyam promised that the government of India would further ease the norms for grant of Visa to foreign students to drive the ‘Study in India’ programme. In 2017, (till December 28) India issued around 39,000 student visa and research visa to foreign students and research scholars.

Liked the story?

  • 3

    Happy
  • 0

    Amused
  • 1

    Sad
  • 0

    Frustrated
  • 1

    Angry