Foreign students selected for admission to IITs through the JEE Advanced/GATE examinations will have to pay Rs 6 lakh per year as fees for undergraduate and post-graduate programmes.
The human resource development (HRD) ministry, which was considering the fee structure proposal for foreign students, has now asked all IITs to issue directives in this regard.
Domestic students shell out approximately Rs 2 lakh per year, and it was felt that international students should at least pay for the total expenditure incurred on their education. This comes to Rs 6 lakh, officials said.
The proposal of conducting JEE abroad was cleared by the IIT council in August this year, paving the way for entrance tests in Dubai, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia.
In January, the ministry had decided that IITs should offer some seats to foreign students on a supernumerary basis (addition of seats to accommodate them). At present, foreigners can only join IITs as exchange students.
The test will be a paper pencil exam, just like the one held in India.
“IITs are hoping to attract more international students from next year, and this will increase their revenue to a certain extent. At the same time, it will make the institutes more diverse,” said a senior HRD official.
However, the push for foreign students is solely intended to improve diversity among students. Sources said the move would help improve the global ranking of IITs, considering that foreign students happen to be one of the biggest parameters for rating universities.
Though IITs are among the country’s best institutes, none figure among the world’s top 200 schools. Over a million aspirants appeared for the JEE Main examination this year.