Delhi University’s Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) has only 10 seats for foreign students and this year about 30 students are competing for admission to each seat.
The institute has received 302 applications from 39 countries, including UK, US, Palestine and Georgia, for admission in the coming academic session. Last year, the institute had received around 120-130 applications from eight countries.
The 10 seats for foreign students are supernumerary — over and above the total seats. ML Singla, dean, FMS, told HT that quality education at reasonable rate offered by the institute attracts foreign students.
“This year we have seen a huge jump in number of applications from foreign countries. Students prefer India and especially Delhi University because the quality of education is good here,” Singla said.
Singla said that low cost of living also attracts students to India.
FMS student, Gorata Gabanamotse from Botswana, said, “Compared to other countries living here is quite affordable. I personally wanted to learn traditions and diverse cultures of India.”
FMS has 226 seats, including 26 supernumerary seats. This year the institute received around 20,000 applications against 19,000 last year.
Amrit Kaur Basra, deputy dean foreign student’s registry, said, “Students get assimilated easily in our culture. Earlier we used to get most applications from neighbouring countries like Nepal and Afghanistan but now we are getting applications from many countries.”
The dean said that foreign students are selected based on their application and academic records. “They don’t have to take the entrance exam and interview,” he said.