NTA JEE Main Exam is all set to go global, as the Indian government is planning to conduct the engineering exam in 25 countries –from the US to Vietnam. IIT-JEE was held in Kuala Lumpur and Lagos last year. Now, the countries where the examinations will be conducted are – the US, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, China, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE, among others.
Earlier, the IIT-JEE exams were held in 12 countries. According to a recent report, by news agency IANS, around 3,900 undergraduate and 1,300 postgraduate seats will be made available for the NRIs, Indians and foreign nationals studying abroad. These seats will be reserved in top-class engineering institutes in the country.
According to the Union Education Ministry, under the Direct Admission of Student Abroad (DASA) scheme, these students will be provided admission to top-class institutes in the country. Foreign students will be able to get admission to the National Institute of Technology, National Institute of Information Technology, School of Planning and Architect and other technical institutions funded by the Central government. These include Triple IT and NIT, which are considered to be the best educational institutions of engineering. However, this system will not be applicable in IITs.
Despite the fact that IITs are excluded from DASA, still, a large number of engineering institutions are offering these seats. In the above-said institutions, 15% of seats are reserved for NRIs and foreign students.
The union education ministry will welcome those international universities that in collaboration with India’s Higher educational institutions can offer various courses for students.
Taking this initiative, Indian Ambassadors to 63 countries across the world have been contacted. Some of those countries are– Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Spain, the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Thailand, the UAE, Argentina, Brazil, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland and Turkey.
The Ministry said that the campaign will not only help Indian higher education institutions to establish cooperation with foreign educational institutions but also motivate foreign universities to send their students to Indian institutions. Under the Union government’s Institution of Eminence scheme, many universities have been given the status of Institute of Eminence.
According to former IIT Professor D.K. Sharma, every year, thousands of foreign nationals come to the country to take admission to Indian universities. However, the process of admission of foreign students to Indian institutions is still limited to only a few universities in the country. But now efforts are being made to give it a wider form. Definitely, its benefit will be seen.
Significantly, 13 different languages have been approved for important examinations like JEE. Students aspiring to do engineering can take examinations in their mother tongue under this facility.
This year, the JEE-Mains examination will be conducted in June and July in two phases. The first phase of JEE Mains exam is starting on June 20. JEE Advanced Test will be conducted for the students who are successful in JEE Mains. However, in many engineering colleges and technical educational institutions, admissions are provided on the basis of JEE Mains merit. In such cases, foreign and NRI students can also be admitted on the basis of JEE Mains exam.
India has announced plans to set up the first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Dubai as a part of the India-UAE trade deal signed on February 18, 2022. This will be the first time when India’s premier institute, IIT, will be set up in a foreign country.
According to Dr. G. Kalaichelvan, Director, UG Admissions at VIT Institute, Vellore campus, “It is heartening to know that a globally known brand opens up to foreign acquisition. This initiative will be one big step towards attracting foreign students to India and also create awareness and trigger interest among the international cohorts to sit up and look at India as one of the preferred destinations for their higher studies. VIT now has 1200+ International Students from across 50+ Countries. There are approximately 45 Languages spoken on campus. We have been trying at our level just like many other private universities may be doing. However, with this initiative, institutes in government and private sectors, both will benefit in the years to come. I am sure this will help immensely in ranking criteria for QS and THE”.
On February 18, a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, CEPA was signed after a bilateral meeting between the representatives of the two countries. Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal signed an India-UAE trade deal with the UAE delegation led by Minister of Economy, Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri & Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi. (Inputs taken from IANS)