Published: 30th May 2023
Delhi University aims to increase intake of foreign national students this year
Till now, the university has received around 2,000 applications, including those from the ICCR
Delhi University (DU) is aiming to increase the intake of international students in the upcoming academic cycle by 20 per cent from the previous year, with officials reaching out to diplomatic missions to invite more foreign applications, a varsity official said on Tuesday, May 30.
In 2022-23, a total of 637 foreign students were admitted across undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD courses at the varsity, he said. Till now, the university has received around 2,000 applications, including those from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), as per a report by PTI.
Foreign nationals are admitted to various programmes of study at the University of Delhi under two categories — self-financing students and students with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations — under its various scholarship schemes. ICCR administers various scholarship programmes annually and awards about 3,000 scholarships under 21 different schemes to foreign students from about 180 countries.
Delhi University has taken various steps to increase the intake of ICCR applicants. The admission cycle for foreign students for the academic year 2023-24 has already begun. "The application window is open. We have started working on clearing these applications. We are receiving hundreds of queries every day via phone and e-mail," said Professor Amarjiva Lochan, Joint Dean, International Relations.
"Last academic session, the admission process was extended till February. And the total number of students admitted was 637, including around 271 under the ICCR scholarship," Lochan added. This was a slight dip from the previous year (2021) when 650 students were admitted.
However, this year, the officials are hopeful that there will be at least a 20 per cent surge in foreign student intake. "We are sure we will be able to touch the mark of 700 this year. DU is India's best university and we want to make it the first choice for international students," Lochan said.
To ensure this, Lochan said that the DU team handling admissions for foreign students is leaving no stone unturned to ensure more and more foreign admissions this year. The officials at the Foreign Students' Registry office in North Campus are working expeditiously.
"We have taken several steps in the past to ensure more and more students can come. We have maintained a channel with ICCR and asked if any foreign students show interest in DU, the application is directly sent to us," Lochan said. They have also expedited the clearance of applications forwarded to them by ICCR, as per PTI.
"This has helped us a lot. To apprise foreign nationals about Delhi University and the facilities it provides, the officials are also approaching diplomatic missions," he added. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free process for students, the officials ensure that they stay in touch with students from the filing of applications till admission.
"Every day, we receive hundreds of e-mails of enquiry. All those who wish to study in India have shown interest in Delhi University. We ensure that we stay in touch with them and guide them properly. So that they do not face any kind of issue," the Joint Dean said.
Moreover, the varsity officials also ensure proper accommodation facilities for the students. "We make sure to provide them with hostel accommodation. If seats are not available in international hostels, we ask colleges to provide them with the facility. Last year, I myself arranged PGs for the students at hostel prices," Lochan added.
Foreign nationals seeking admission in any course — certificate, diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD — are exempted from the entrance test. The admission process is done based on a merit list. The process from 'Application to Admission' comprises four broad steps, namely application, evaluation by the varsity, online admission formalities, and formalities after reaching Delhi, as per PTI.