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IITs to cut fees for foreign students in order to improve its global rankings


In a good news for foreign students as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to cut fees. The IIT made a push to admit more students and recruit foreign teachers to permanent posts in order to improve its global ranking.

According to, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar said at a meeting of the IIT Council that he will discuss the issue of hiring permanent faculties from overseas with the ministries concerned. The decision was taken in a council meeting, which is headed by the HRD minister and comprises of directors and chairpersons of all IITs.  The council decided to allow the IITs to fix the fee for foreign students, as the fee for foreign students is about Rs 6 lakh per year, three times that of Indian students.

In order to improve their global rankings, IITs are now targeting countries like Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Nepal. S.K. Das, director of IIT Ropar told the leading portal, “We are hiring and looking to attract quality students from middle and low-income countries in Asia and Africa. You can not charge very high fees. This is working as a deterrent to bringing in foreign students. We are not looking to make a profit but to promote diversity.”

In the meanwhile, a committee, comprising Directors of IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, and IIT Tirupati, has also been constituted to recommend standards and norms for construction of campuses and infrastructure projects in IITs.