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Foreign students flock to JNU

JNU has emerged as the new Mecca of learning languages for foreign students heading to Indian shores.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 10:10 IST

JNU has emerged as the new Mecca of learning international relations, language and computer science courses for foreign students heading to Indian shores. These include a surprising influx of Chinese students who are keen to make themselves adept at modern economics and computer science.

JNU Vice Chancellor Prof BB Bhattacharya said, “Social sciences, economics and political science are the three most sought after courses among foreign students. This year, of 1500 foreign applicants, 186 foreign students were admitted at JNU. These include students in undergraduate (Language) courses, post graduate and other courses. There has been an increase compared to last year.”

This academic session, 63 foreign students have opted for social sciences, 51 for languages while 36 students opted for International studies and school of computer and system sciences registered an admission of 11 students.

Authorities said in the last three years, the number of JNU applicants from Central Asian countries has multiplied significantly. The Indian students tend to fare better than their foreign counterparts in these courses.

“The only drawback is that a lot of foreign students have to brush up their knowledge of English, because it is the main medium of instruction. But they too are equally bright and eager to perform,” said a faculty member.

“Besides education in India is less expensive compared to other universities abroad.” Foreign languages too have many takers among both Indian and foreign students. Prof Bhattacharya added, “Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, German, French and Italian are the most popular language courses on the campus.

First Published: Aug 11, 2006 10:10 IST