Like IITs, other universities will now have supernumerary seats for international students

The University Grants Commission (UGC), at its 560th meeting held on August 18, approved the guidelines for admission and supernumerary seats for international students wishing to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programs in India . In addition to the total number of sanctioned enrollments for UG and PG programs, HEIs could create up to 25% excess seats for international students.

It should be noted that up to 10% of seats are reserved for foreign nationals in IITs. These seats are supernumerary, which implies that they are added to the existing seats. According to a report in Economic Times, thanks to the UGC-approved guideline for adding supernumerary seats in colleges in India, international students will be enrolled in a transparent admissions process and they will not have to follow the entry procedure used for admissions in India.

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The decision on these seats should be made by the higher education institutions concerned in accordance with the specific regulations issued by the regulatory bodies, taking into account the infrastructure, faculty and other requirements. Efforts would be made to distribute these 25% of seats in all departments, schools and centers of the higher education institution, depending on the availability of infrastructure and qualified teachers.

Professor M Jagadesh Kumar, President of UGC, said: “The internationalization of higher education is a key aspect of the National Education Policy 2020 and it helps to integrate international and intercultural dimensions in teaching. superior. The President says the main purpose of these regulations is to ease the process of admission of international students to higher education institutions in India and to create an environment that attracts foreign students.

It is said that the guidelines will be made public in a few days for stakeholder feedback, and HEIs (higher education institutions) will be able to admit international students based on the equivalence of their entry qualifications. The University Grants Commission (UGC) or other body recognized by UGC for these purposes will determine equivalency.

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