International Students


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Guidelines for Admission of Foreign Students to the Post-graduate programmes

  1. The applicants should send the applications (on plain paper) together with all supporting documents directly to the Dean of Academic Affairs (DOAA).

  2. The DOAA will send the applications to the concerned Departments and try to identify the mentors (adviser) for the candidates. Together with this, the Department committee (DPGC) will find out the suitability of the candidate. The committee has to be convinced that the candidate has a reasonably good background to earn 7.5 CPI every semester.

  3. On the basis of the recommendations of the Department, DOAA and the Chairman-SPGC will prepare the documents and get the approval of the Chairman-Senate for admission.

  4. At this stage, the offer letters (admission only) will be sent to the candidates and they will be advised to contact the HRD ministry of their own countries for formal permission etc.

  5. The selected candidates will also be suggested to find out about the sponsorship. For the students from the European/North American countries, the problem may be trivial. However, we shall help the students, who will not be able to find out a sponsorship from elsewhere. We shall try for their support through ICCR .

  6. Once all these issues are settled, the student will be asked to fill out a form (basically, name, passport number etc.) and submit it to the local Indian Embassy. This is in addition to his/her application for obtaining visa. In India, we shall also send requests to our home ministry through MHRD for the approval of a long-term stay.


Non-Degree Foreign Students

Usually, the departments process the post doctoral applications directly. The other non-degree students are the Exchange Students. We have a well set route for the exchange students and many faculty members are making use of this. The students, who are interested, may like to contact the DOAA office, for the issues related to exchange students.

Tuition Fee Waiver for Meritorious Students

Meritorious Foreign Students of Postgraduate Programs are eligible for getting tuition fees waived according to the following guidelines:

  1. For students of South Asian countries, the tuition fees can be brought at par with the fees of the Indian students as applicable from time to time.

  2. The tuition fees for students from other Asian (except Japan) and African countries can be partially waived and brought to US$ 1000 per semester.

  3. The tuition fees for other international students (including Japanese students) can be partially waived and brought to US$ 2000 per semester.



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