Delhi University Witnesses Decline In Foreign Student Admissions; Only 520 Coming

Delhi University Witness: Decline In Admissions Of Overseas Students;  Only 520 coming

In 2022, 520 foreign students were admitted to the university, compared to 663 students in 2021

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DU UG approvals 2022: Delhi University has admitted 520 foreign students in undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programs this academic season, down over 27.5 percent year-on-year. The highest number of students this year comes from Nepal (110), followed by Tibet (100) and Bangladesh (85). A university official attributed the drop in the number of foreign student admissions to the delay in the start of academic sessions. ALSO READ | Delhi University Postpones Release of CSAS 1st Allocation List for UG Admission

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In 2022, 520 foreign students were admitted to the university, compared to 663 students in 2021. Applications from foreign nationals also fell by over 28 percent this year. “The university received application forms from over 7,000 applicants this year. Last year the university received over 9,000 applications,” Professor Amarjiva Lochan, Jt Dean, International Relations, told PTI.

This year, most of the applications come from Nepal. Last year it was by Afghan nationals. The admissions process began in March and ended in mid-July. “Up to 1,500 students were selected for admission. Of them, only 520 have confirmed their admission and are coming to Delhi. UG courses have 320 students admitted and PG and PhD courses have 100 students and 50 students admitted to DU colleges, respectively,” Lochan said. READ MORE | DU UG Admission 2022: Delhi University starts ECA quota admission trials today

The official said the maximum number of applications is for B.Com (Hons), English (Hons), BA Psychology and BA Computer Science. Foreign nationals are admitted to various study programs at the University of Delhi in two categories – self-funding students and students of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the Government of India under their various scholarship programs. Foreign nationals seeking admission to any major – certificate, diploma, bachelor’s, postgraduate, M.Phil and PhD – are exempt from the entrance exam.

The admission procedure is based on a performance list. The “Application to Admission” process involves four broad steps: Application, University Assessment, Online Admission Formalities and Formalities after reaching Delhi.

“We followed the same traditional method. Admissions were based solely on their grades. A merit list was drawn up,” Lochan said. That year, the university allowed all applicants to indicate their college preferences. “Before, only the top 30 students were allowed to list colleges. This year we allowed all students to let us know their college preferences,” he said, adding that colleges on the North campus are the most sought-after by foreigners. “Most North campus colleges have hostels and most courses in these colleges are taught in English, so students prefer North campus colleges,” Lochan noted.

When asked about the reason for the drop in applications from foreign nationals, Lochan said: “The academic session has been delayed this year for a number of reasons. That’s why we received fewer applications.”

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