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JEE Main Exam Centres outside India increased from 12 to 25

Around 3,900 Under Graduate and 1,300 Postgraduate seats will be made available for the NRIs, Indians and foreign nationals studying abroad

Sunday May 22, 2022 2:01 PM, IANS

JEE Main Exam Centres

New Delhi: IIT JEE Main (IIT Joint Entrance Exam Main) is set to go global with the Indian government planning to hold the exam in 25 countries, right from the US to Vietnam, simultaneously.

In Kuala Lumpur and Lagos, these examinations were held last year. Earlier, with the cooperation of the Indian government, the IIT-JEE exams were held in 12 countries.

The countries where the examinations will be conducted are: the US, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, China, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE, among others.

NRI Quota

Around 3,900 Under Graduate and 1,300 Postgraduate seats will be made available for the NRIs, Indians and foreign nationals studying abroad.

These seats will be reserved in top class engineering institutes of the country.

According to the Union Education Ministry, under Direct Admission of Student Abroad (DASA) scheme, these students will be provided admission in top class institutes of the country.

Foreign students will be able to get admission in National Institute of Technology, National Institute of Information Technology, School of Planning and Architect and other technical institutions funded by the Central government.

These include Triple IT and NIT, which are considered to be the best educational institutions of engineering. However, this system will not be applicable in IITs.

Despite the fact that IITs are excluded from DASA, still a large number of engineering institutions are offering these seats.

In the above said institutions, 15 per cent seats are reserved for NRIs and foreign students.

Collaboration with international universities

The union education ministry will welcome those international universities who in collaboration with India's Higher educational institutions can offer various courses for students.

Taking this initiative, Indian Ambassadors to 63 countries across the world have been contacted. Some of these countries are: Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Spain, the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Thailand, the UAE, Argentina, Brazil, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland and Turkey.

The Ministry says that the campaign will not only help Indian higher education institutions to establish cooperation with foreign educational institutions but also motivate foreign universities to send their students to Indian institutions.

Institute of Eminence

Under the Union government's Institution of Eminence scheme, many universities have been given the status of Institute of Eminence. Foreign students are attracted towards the Institute of Eminence in the country.

According to former IIT Professor D.K. Sharma, every year, thousands of foreign nationals come to the country to take admission in Indian universities.

However, the process of admission of foreign students in Indian institutions is still limited to only a few universities in the country. But now efforts are being made to give it a wider form.

Significantly, 13 different languages have been approved for important examinations like JEE. Students aspiring to do engineering can take examinations in their mother tongue under this facility.

This year, the JEE Main examination will be conducted in June and July in two phases. The first phase of JEE Main is starting from June 20. Students who are successful in JEE Main will appear for JEE Advanced.

In many engineering colleges and technical educational institutions, admissions are provided on the basis of JEE Main rank and score. In such cases, foreign and NRI students can also be admitted on the basis of JEE Main score.


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