Pakistanis can now apply to Indian tech universities

Published: March 9, 2016
PHOTO: hindustantimes

PHOTO: hindustantimes

Starting 2017, Indian institutes of technology (IITs) will open entrance tests to students of eight foreign countries – including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Dubai – for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The decision was taken at a meeting between the human resource development (HRD) and the external affairs (MEA) ministries.

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Speaking about the initiative a senior HRD ministry official said: “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.”

Until now, entrance tests that took place abroad were held only to admit Indian nationals in 18 IITs.

The students will be selected through a common entrance exam that will be administered by the IITs with the help of Indian missions in the above mentioned countries. However, seats offered to foreign nationals will be additional in nature to ensure there is no decrease in seats for Indian students.

The fee paid by foreign students will be higher compared to the subsidised fee for Indian students.

The Indian government is keen on more foreign students studying at IITs to boost the international academic rankings of the institutions.

Further, to facilitate these foreign students, the MEA will consider giving them research visa for the duration of the programme rather than one year at a time.

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The tests are scheduled for 2017; however, the outreach programme for the exercise will begin from August this year.


This article originally appeared on Hindustantimes.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • cj
    Mar 9, 2016 - 6:15PM

    more competition Recommend

  • Allah Hafiz
    Mar 9, 2016 - 8:46PM

    I highly doubt pakistanis would be able to clear IIT-JEE enterance exam….its not some sort of 1+2 aptititude……..its the best and gruesome….requires…..2000-3000 hours of study with no gurantee of even a minimal success…and moreover IIT’s should be open to western student….i doubt quality of pakistani and sri lankan students….not at par with Indian technical system…Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Mar 9, 2016 - 9:30PM

    This is excellent news. These pakistani graduates from indian universities will pave the way for a long last peace between the two countries.Recommend

  • haider
    Mar 9, 2016 - 10:23PM

    when will Pakistani doors will open its doors for Indians and others SAARC students? Recommend

  • Yasin
    Mar 9, 2016 - 11:35PM

    That’s it. It proves how much the Indians hate Muslims and Pakistanis.Recommend

  • bharat
    Mar 9, 2016 - 11:58PM

    A good way to ensure that we have terror attacks everydayRecommend

  • Point
    Mar 10, 2016 - 1:01AM

    This is a much good news but I hope like last time when a Pakistani student was beaten up in hostel at night. It will be hard to prevent incident like these considering the hostile nature of indian nationals towards even peaceful PakistanisRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 10, 2016 - 7:40AM

    Forget the beatings, there will be all sorts of hassles even with getting the appropriate visa for a Pakistani. This proposed “research visa” appears to apply only for postgraduate studies (M.Phil or Ph.Ds) rather than for undergrads…Recommend

    Mar 10, 2016 - 11:40AM

    This is a great news.
    I feel pity for those who are talking about potential ‘hostilities’ against Pakistani students!
    Come and feel India first, then talk. When people from Pak and India meet and talk each other, they are like brothers everywhere.
    The quality of IIT education is very good, and Pak youth will get benefitted by it many ways. Moreover, it will boost peace process between two sister countries.
    There is no borders when educated young people talk each other!Recommend

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