NEW DELHI: Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has decided to open entrance tests to foreign students in eight countries for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, including Pakistan, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Dubai, starting from 2017, reported The Hindustan Times.
The decision was taken by the Ministries of External Affairs and Human Resource Development.
Presently, entry tests that are taken outside of India are only open to Indian nationals in 18 IITs.
This is the first time we have planned to admit foreign students by holding tests abroad. To begin with, we will admit students from the JEE/GATE exams to be conducted in 2017, said a senior Ministry of Human Resource Development official.
Qualified students will be nominated over a general entrance exam managed by the IITs with the assistance of Indian missions.
It was stated that Indian students should not worry about larger rivalry for admissions as places for foreign students are extra. Foreign students will also pay upper fees paralleled to Indian students, whose fees are sponsored.
The Indian government is profound to attract foreign students to its IITs to increase international rankings.
Inaugurating the entry test to Pakistanis means that admittances are up to take hold of, nonetheless the inquiry of recognition to the academic programme and the student body still stands, and the handling and safety of Pakistani students will also continue a question.
The increase of the right wing on Indian university grounds also enhances to worries as the student union leader and two others were arrested from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on treason charges for holding an event emphasising Kashmir on campus.
However the examination will be held in 2017, the outreach programme for the implementation will begin from August this year.
IIT Mumbai has been asked to prepare the essential evidence material for the outreach.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will be the nodal agency on behalf of the MEA for these tests.