Although losing the sheen in India, the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology institutes have decided refurbish their image and would now go abroad to attract more international talent. They are planning, for the first time, to hold their entrance tests in Singapore, UAE, Ethiopia and SAARC nations next year to select foreign students for undergraduate and postgraduate courses –mainly in tech groups.
According to a report in PTI, this was decided at a recent a meeting between officials of HRD and External Affairs ministries, eight countries.
The plan would be operationalised from the JEE/GATE exams to be conducted in 2017,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.
Officials, however, added that seats to be offered to foreign nationals would be supernumerary or additional in nature and would not reduce those available to Indian nationals at the 18 IITs.