To increase the regional and cultural diversity and to improve international academic ranking, IITs would conduct entrance test in 8 foreign countries. From next year, prominent tests like GATE and JEE would be conducted in Singapore, Dubai (UAE), Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
This decision was taken at a recent meeting between Ministry of External Affairs and HRD Ministry. “The entrance tests to the IITs have been held till now only to admit Indian Nationals. This is for the first time that it has been planned to admit foreign students through tests held abroad. It is aimed that the plan would be operationalized from the JEE/GATE exam to be conducted in 2017,” said an official of HRD ministry.
The IITs would administer the examination through which foreign students would be able to get admission in any of the 18 IITs. Also, seats would be added for foreign students so there would be no problem for Indian students. Fees would also be relatively higher for foreign students compared to Indian Nationals.
All the responsibility to outreach this programme has been given to IIT Bombay. From August, this year this outreach programme would begin in eight countries. IIT Bombay would have to prepare necessary information like details of tests, the courses and FAQs.
IIT Bombay director, Devang Khakhar, had previously prepared a report to attract international students for the entrance tests. Additional to that report, Mr. Khakhar was asked to prepare a detailed plan for conducting JEE and GATE exams abroad.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will be the nodal agency to conduct these tests. ICCR is an autonomous organization which involves in India’s external cultural relations through cultural exchange with other countries and their people.
It is a good initiative to bring foreign students to premier institute, it will bring students from different nations on the same campus to share their ideas. Also, it would help Indian Institutes for international recognition.