The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will not subsidise the education of foreign students, the government has decided. Each will pay Rs 6 lakh per annum as opposed to domestic students who pay Rs 2 lakh.
The IITs, in their Council meeting held in September, had decided to hold their entrance tests in Singapore, UAE, Ethiopia and SAARC nations, except Pakistan, next year to select foreign students for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Currently, the IITs do not admit foreign students.
The Council, however, had tasked IIT Mumbai director Devang Khakar to suggest the tuition fee to be paid by foreign students. The government spends about Rs 6 lakh on educating a student at an IIT. Domestic students, however pay Rs 2 lakh as tuition fee. The question before Khakar was whether the government should also subsidise the education of foreign students.
Although Khakar had recommended that foreign students too pay Rs 2 lakh, the HRD Ministry overruled the suggestion and decided that they should pay Rs 6 lakh. An order to this effect was issued to all the IITs on Monday. However, they will be eligible for scholarships through ICCR and institution funding, the order states.