University Grants Commission has approved the guidelines for the admission and supernumerary seats for International Students in Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in Higher Education Institutions in India.
Other than the total sanctioned enrollment for UG and PG programmes, HEIs might create up to 25 per cent supernumerary seats for international students.
The decision was made during the 560th Meeting of the University Grants Commission held on 18th August. UGC Chairman Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar said, internationalisation of higher education is an essential aspect of the National Education Policy 2020 and helps in integrating the international and intercultural dimensions in higher education.
It must be noted that as many as 10 per cent of the seats are reserved for foreign nationals across IITs. These seats are supernumerary in number, implying that they are in addition to the existing seats. As per a report in Economic Times, through the guideline approved by UGC for addition of supernumerary seats across colleges in India, international students will be enrolled in a transparent admission process and they will not have to follow the entrance procedure used for admissions in India.
All details regarding the number of seats available for international students in each programme, fee prescribed for the same, admission process, eligibility conditions etc. shall be made available on the website of the HEI.