The maximum number of foreign students in DU this year is from Nepal (110), followed by Tibet (100) and Bangladesh (85).
New Delhi,UPDATED: 19 Oct 2022 09:58 IST
Influx of foreign students in DU falls in 2022, only 520 on the way
By Press Trust of India: The University of Delhi has admitted 520 foreign students to undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD courses this academic season, down more than 27.5 percent from the previous year.
The maximum number of students this year will come from Nepal (110), followed by Tibet (100) and Bangladesh (85).
A university official attributed the drop in admissions by foreign students to the delay in the start of the academic session.
NUMBER OF STUDENTS ALLOWED
In 2022, 520 foreign students were admitted to the university, compared to 663 students in 2021. The number of applications from foreign nationals has also fallen by more than 28 percent this year.
“We followed the same traditional method. The admission is carried out solely on the basis of their grades. A merit list has been drawn up,” Lochan said.
This year the maximum applications come from Nepal. Last year it belonged to Afghan citizens.
The admission procedure started in March and ended in mid-July.
“As many as 1,500 students were selected for admission. Of them, only 520 have confirmed their admission and are coming to Delhi. In RUG courses, 320 students have been admitted and in PG and PhD courses, 100 students and 50 students respectively have been granted access to DU lectures,” said Lochan.
The official said the maximum number of applications was for BCom (Hons), English (Hons), BA Psychology and BA Computer Science.
Foreigners are admitted to various study programs at the University of Delhi under two categories – self-financing students and students in the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the Government of India, under its various scholarship schemes.
Foreigners seeking admission into any course – Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, M.Phil and PhD – are exempt from the admission test. The admission process is based on merit list.
The process of ‘application for admission’ involves four broad steps: application, evaluation by the varsity, online admission formalities, and formalities after reaching Delhi.
This year, the university allowed all aspirants to list their college preferences.
”In the past, only the best 30 students were allowed to name lectures. This year, we have allowed all students to tell us their college preferences,” he said, adding that colleges on North Campus are the most sought-after by foreigners.
“Most of the colleges on North Campus have hostels and most of the classes in these colleges are in English, which is why students prefer North Campus colleges,” Lochan noted.
When asked about the reason for the drop in foreigner applications, Lochan said: “There has been a delay in the academic session this year due to several reasons. That is why we have received fewer applications.”