DU admissions 2022: Delhi University has admitted a total of 520 foreign students to undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses this academic season, a decline of over 27.5% from the previous year.
The maximum number of students this year is from Nepal (110), followed by Tibet (100) and Bangladesh (85).
A university official attributed the decline in the number of foreign student admissions to the delay in the start of the academic session.
In 2022, 520 foreign students have been admitted to the university compared to 663 students in 2021.
The number of applications from foreigners has also fallen this year by more than 28 percent.
“The university received application forms from more than 7,000 applicants this year. Last year, the university received more than 9,000 applications,” Professor Amarjiva Lochan, Jt Dean, Relations told PTI international
This year, the maximum applications are from Nepal. Last year, it was Afghan nationals.
The admission process started in March and ended in mid-July.
“As many as 1,500 students were shortlisted for admission. Out of them, only 520 have confirmed their admission and will come to Delhi. In UG courses, 320 students have taken admission, and in UG courses PG and PhD, 100 students and 50 students respectively have secured admission in DU colleges,” said Lochan.
The official said the maximum number of applications were for B.Com (Hons), English (Hons), Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Computer Science.
Foreign nationals are admitted to various study programs at the University of Delhi under two categories: self-financed students and students with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India under its various scholarship schemes.
Foreign nationals seeking admission to any course (certificate, diploma, degree, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD) are exempt from the entrance test. The admission process is based on a merit list.
The process from “Application to Admission” consists of four broad steps: application, evaluation by the university, online admission procedures and procedures after reaching Delhi.
“We followed the same traditional method. Admission has been made solely on the basis of your marks. A merit list has been prepared,” said Lochan.
This year, the university allowed all applicants to list their college preferences.
“Before, only the top 30 students could list universities. This year, we have allowed all students to tell us their university preferences,” he said, adding that the North Campus universities are the most sought after by foreigners.
“Most of the North Campus universities have hostels and most of the classes in these universities are conducted in English, which is why students prefer the North Campus universities,” Lochan noted.
When asked about the reason for the drop in applications from foreign nationals, Lochan said: “There has been a delay in the academic session this year for a number of reasons. As a result, we have received fewer applications requests