Indian Universities to Open Admissions to Pakistani and Foreign Students

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be opening entrance tests to foreign students in eight countries for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The entrance tests will commence from 2017 and will include the following countries:

  • Pakistan
  • UAE
  • Sri Lanka
  • Singapore

A senior Ministry of Human Resource Development official said a statement concerning entry tests for foreign students: “This is the first time we have planned to admit foreign students by holding tests abroad. To begin with, we will admit students from the JEE/GATE exams to be conducted in 2017.”

Will Indian students have to worry about the increasing competition in the future?

According to the Hindustan Times, Indian students will not have to worry about their admission probabilities being in jeopardy. Additionally, foreign students will also be required to pay higher fees compared to Indian students. While all this news is thoroughly encouraging, why would the Indian government decide to take such a step? For starters, it is keen to draw foreign students to its IITs to build up its international rankings. With this boost, the government will potentially be able to open doors to more countries other than the ones that have been mentioned in the list above.

How will this benefit Pakistanis and the country in general?

In Pakistan, the element of a startup culture is definitely present, but there are several hurdles, including expertise and capital that remain in scarce supply for these startups to thrive effectively. India and her technological landscape is in a much better position than Pakistan, and Pakistani students can learn from their neighbor, barring the usual political grandstanding. They will have access to more expertise and additional exposure at an international level. Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google visited India and spoke vehemently of how the tech landscape is changing in the country, and the current move by IITs serve as the formative stepping stone for students, who wish to have someone like Pichai recognize their talent and genius.

In the process, it could also improve diplomatic relationships between Pakistan and India, but at the same time, treatment and security of Pakistani students at Indian universities also remain an issue. Hopefully, the Indian government will make some sort of announcement concerning the security measures undertaken to keep foreign students from all sorts of harm, but as a step to improve relationships between the two countries, this is definitely the way forward.