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More foreign flavour than ever

Delhi University (DU) is acquiring more foreign flavour than ever before. The number of international students attending the university has been increasing in recent years. Jonathan Camhi reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2011 15:27 IST
Jonathan Camhi

Delhi University (DU) is acquiring more foreign flavour than ever before. The number of international students attending the university has been increasing in recent years. It is evident from the record number of international students who have registered this year as compared to that of previous year.

The Foreign Students' Registry has already received over 1,800 international applications for the coming academic session, including 700 applications from students applying for fellowships from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The registry office is still expecting many more applications, making it likely that they will again set a record for incoming international students.

Last year, Delhi University admitted more than 1,400 international students, the most the university has ever admitted. That number was up from 1,200 the year before, which was the previous high.

Most of the students who want to study at DU come here because of its good reputation. Narangoo Munkhtuya is a Mongolian student applying for the commerce program at DU. "All Mongolian students coming to study in India want to study at Delhi University because it's very good and very cheap," she said.

Sakhi Amiry — an Afghan national — graduated in BA (Hons) economics last year, wants to return to his country now. He hopes to continue his studies in America on a Fulbright scholarship.

"My degree from Delhi Univeristy is of much value to me. It's the best in India and much better than what I could have got back home," he said.

DU has international students from over 100 different countries, according to Veena Mishra, the dean of the university's Foreign Students' Registry. She said most of the students come from neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Tibet, and Afghanistan, and also from Korea and Vietnam.

International aspirants have to download their application from the 'Foreign Students' page on DU's website and then deliver it in person at the Foreign Students' Registry. Post graduate students can apply directly to their department of interest.

All applicants for undergraduate study are required to have completed 12 years of schooling and must submit English transcripts. The university has a list of recognised boards that they accept scores from, but Mishra stressed that the varsity does take students from unrecognised boards as well.