The University of Oxford is set to allow admission to its undergraduate courses from next year for those securing 90% and more in the ISC or CBSE exams.
This is the first time in the university’s 915-year history that it will recognise at least two of India’s boards.
Speaking to the media at IIT-Kharagpur, Oxford vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton said: "We’re very pleased to open our doors to India’s top-performing students. We’re committed to attracting the best students from India to Oxford and, to signal our commitment, we’ve gone further than many other UK universities including Cambridge, in that, for the first time, we have decided to accept Class XII examination results for all undergraduate courses at Oxford."
“We also have plans to open a campus in India,” he added.
Students can start applying for admission from October 2012. The course fee for undergraduates will be approximately £15,000 a year.
Earlier, Oxford aspirants to the undergraduate courses needed to appear in various tests before they were considered eligible for admission.
Candidates who opt for Oxford’s science courses at undergraduate level may also need to take the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance examination. These requirements will be reviewed after three years to see if any adjustments are needed.
In 2011, the university convened a panel of academics to consider whether the CBSE and ISC qualifications were appropriate criteria for undergraduate study. The panel concluded an achievement of 90% in five subjects was okay.