Education Ministry Mulls Increasing Number Of Foreign Students

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New Delhi: The education ministry is contemplating measures to increase the number of foreign students coming to India for higher studies, according to officials on Saturday.

Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare — after a review meeting of the ministry’s Study in India Programme with partner institutions on Friday — said the criteria for this programme will soon be revised. It would be done to include more institutions with the necessary infrastructure and academic quality in the programme.

“No distinction will be made between private and public institutions in matters of supporting internationalisation,” Khare said at the meeting.

Study in India is a programme designed to attract international students to higher education institutions in India. Currently, a select 117 institutions are partners under the programme that was launched in 2018.

Merit-based admissions are done via a common portal. About 7,500 students from 50 countries are currently studying in Indian institutions under this programme.

“It is important to create a conducive, on-campus ecosystem for the international students, where they not only get quality academic inputs but can also feel safe, welcome, happy and hassle free,” Khare was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

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