With the objective of making it one of the top international educational institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to allow students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Singapore, the UAE and Ethiopia to skip JEE (main) and directly appear for JEE (Advanced).Regarding the included (or excluded) countries: According to TOI reports, exam centres will be set up in these above mentioned countries. Although Pakistan has not been included due to the home ministry’s objection, the choice of Ethiopia as the only country from Africa has displayed a lot of curiosity.An official said, “The idea has been approved in-principle. Each IIT will also ratify it and the IIT council will approve it next week.” He also said that this step has being taken to showcase India’s soft power and in no case would the foreign students occupy the seats meant for Indians. IIT Guwahati had eight MTech students from Ethiopia. The UAE was selected as people of various nationalities reside in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.(Read: Ban sports quota! Hyderabad HC calls it illegal, calls for dissolution across India) Concerning admission cost:The cost of admission will be recovered from the foreign student and the government will not bear any expense on account of foreign students. Same facilities will be provided to them as that of Indian students. Director IIT Guwahati, Gautam Biswas said, “For the last many years, we have got a large number of Ethiopian students in post-graduate courses. IITs are popular there.”advertisementThe reputed IITs may also enroll one lakh students by 2020, if things move according to plan. A proposal to be considered by the IIT council states that 30,000 additional non-resident students will be allowed to study at these institutes in the next three years.Read: Pune gears up for International Literary Festival from September 2 Read: Value based education is the priority of the state government, says AP HRD minister For information on more latest news and updates, click here.
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