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Panjab University in Chandigarh a favourite among Afghan, Iranian students

While all the 53 Iranian students and 11 of the 238 Afghan students are studying at the PU campus, the remaining 227 Afghani students are studying in the affiliated colleges. 

punjab Updated: May 20, 2018 11:14 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Canadian students are also choosing PU for full-time courses.(HT file/Representative image )

Among all the international students who took admission at Panjab University (PU) and its affiliated colleges in the academic session 2017-18, the maximum number of students has come from Afghanistan and Iran. Out of the 431 international students in the academic session, 238 are from Afghanistan and 53 are from Iran.

While all the 53 Iranian students and 11 of the 238 Afghan students are studying at the PU campus, the remaining 227 Afghani students are studying in the affiliated colleges.

After students from these two countries, Canadian students are also choosing PU for full-time courses. This year, there are 36 students from Canada studying in PU campus, according to the information provided by the office of the dean international students (DIS) Deepti Gupta.

“Students from Afghanistan and Iran come to PU as they find the culture here closer to their own. Moreover, the education here is less expensive than that in other countries,” said the DIS, adding that most of the times, Afghan and Iranian students pursue their PhD in PU and then go for contractual and full-time positions in countries like Canada, USA and UK.

Admission of foreign nationals is considered only if the case has been sent to PU by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) or any Indian ministry, provided he or she is eligible. The seats for the eligible ones are additional to the already notified seats, subject to the maximum of 5% of the total sanctioned seats of the course.

Gupta said, “Ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) is working with ministry of external affairs to create a common platform through which international students can take admission at Indian universities. Pu has been shortlisted under the initiative to promote the ‘Study in India’ programme of the government.”

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