The Union Government has launched Study in India — a flagship programme to attract more foreign students to India.
The initiative is supposed to increase the number of foreign students and rankings of Indian educational institutions along with their stature internationally. Under the programme, students from abroad are allowed to apply admission to 160 renowned universities and institutions of India including IITs and IIMs.
At present, India is home to almost 45,000 foreign students, which is only one per cent of the global students movement. Keeping this in mind, the Government aims to engage around two lakh students by the end of 2022 to study in Indian educational institutions.
The initiative will draw attention of countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Egypt, Kuwait, Iran, Rwanda, Nigeria and many more. The Government will offer 100 per cent fee waiver to the top 25 per cent of applicants, 50 per cent fee waiver to next 25 per cent applicants, and 25 per cent fee waiver to nest 25 per cent foreign students.
This is one of the most prime initiatives taken by Government of India to attract foreign students to choose Indian educational institutions for their higher education.