In a bid to woo students from foreign countries, IIT Delhi has decided to cut the tution fee by 31% for international students who wish to take admission at the undergraduate level. The institute has also decided to slash the fee by 96% for those foreign students who wish to pursue doctorate. The other objective to cut down the tuition fee is to enhance its global presence rather than being a Indian centric technology and engineering institute.
New Fee Structure
According to the new fee structure, undergraduate foreign nationals will now pay Rs 200,000 instead of Rs 290,000 per annum. Those foreign nationals who will be pursuing their doctorate will now have to pay Rs 10,000 per annum instead of little more than Rs 290,000.
Speaking on the issue of fee reduction for foreign nationals, V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT-D stated that the new fee structure would come into force from next academic session.
IIT Delhi is also aiming to provide fellowship to foreign students so that the institute emerges as study hub for those who are coming from abroad. According to Rao, the institute will provide 100 fellowships to foreign nationals and every year the number is likely to increase. Rao added that their aim is to have at least thousand doctorate students in coming three to four years.
Steps to Attract Foreign Nationals
In order to draw foreign talent to IIT Delhi, both in terms of students and faculty, the team will send teams of professors to top South Asia, Africa , Europe AND West Asia and hold talks with top universities in this regard.
Reason for low global ranking of IIT Delhi
One of the primary reasons for the low international ranking of IIT Delhi is the absence of foreign students and professors. According to QS World University Ranking, IIT- D was ranked at 172. Rao was of the view that the institute may easily break into top 100 universities of the world if they are able to improve their performance with regard to international aspects.