New Delhi: In an attempt to make admission processes easier, akin to ease of doing business, India’s premier science and technology institutes have started offering single-window admission facility for foreign students.
Some 600 masters and doctorate courses are on offer for foreign students, including those of Indian origin, on a single platform from the 2020 academic year. The online platform provides “a convenient interface to view and apply to multiple programmes simultaneously," the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) said.
IIT Bombay along with other 22 IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) believe that such a move will bring more international students to these premier engineering and science schools in India.
The country’s top universities have been trying to attract foreign students off late for a number of reasons including better revenue, diverse campus and better global ranking. It’s now offering doctorate fellowships to foreign students and through the present initiative want to offer ease of admission.
“Applicants will be informed of their selection through the portal, and they can accept any one offer and proceed with the other formalities of entry into the country and admission process at the chosen institute," IIT Bombay said.
The IITs said while students from south Asian countries benefit from a lower tuition fee compared with other international students, for other international applicants there are opportunities to secure teaching or research assistant-ships to fund their education in India.
Together with the ease of application process, scholarships and hostel accommodation, IITs “now expect to see a significant increase in the number of international students on their campuses". IITs and IISc have individually less than 1% of their students from foreign countries.