Three Pakistani students, including a girl, have applied to Delhi University which appears to have become a favourite among foreign students.
The university received over 2,800 applications from students of over 73 countries for admission to various programmes. “We have received around 2,800 applications this year from over 73 countries for undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses. We are seeing an increase in the number of foreign students applying to DU every year. Last year we had over 2,000 applications,” said Amrit Kaur Basra, deputy dean (foreign students’ registry), DU.
“This year we have received three applications from Pakistani students for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Interestingly, one applicant is a girl and another is a student from Sindh. We also had one application last year from Pakistan, but the student did not take up admission,” said Basra.
He said the last date for filling admission forms was extended this year till June 25 for all programs due to the increased response from foreign students.
“We usually accept applications till March 31, but this year due to the response we extended it till June 25.”
Basra said that most applications came from countries belonging to the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) group of nations, and this year the number of applications from Bangladesh has shot up.
However, the figures for the number of applications received from Bangladeshi students were not available.
“Most of our applications come from neighbouring countries like Nepal, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Iran, Iraq, and Turkmenistan. We also have applications from Tibet, Botswana, Laos, and China,” she said.
The university reserves 5% seats for foreign nationals in each college. There are about 54,000 seats across 61 colleges under the university.
The students applying under the foreign national category are required to submit English Language Proficiency certificate or TOEFL score at the time of admission.
If the student is unable to provide either of those certificates, then he/she is required to take up a proficiency test conducted by DU’s education department.