A change in criteria for expat students seeking admissions in engineering colleges in India is putting a lot of students’ future at risk.
Gulf news reported that the Indian government’s decision to abruptly change the criteria pertains to an amendment to the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme, which was initiated by India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2001.
The scheme allowed non-resident Indians, foreigners and persons of Indian origin to seek admission to undergraduate and post graduate courses in premier technical institutes in India. Till 2016, the eligibility criteria was a two-year education abroad in grades 11 and 12. The students were also required to take Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
A day before commencement of registration on April 1 this year, the Indian government increased the minimum foreign residency requirement to five years from two.
This means that expat students who do not fit the eligibility criteria are now supposed to compete with the regular students for seats to prestigious institutes.
Academicians argue that this is not a healthy competition as students living abroad do not have the same competitive edge and attitude to last out in the regular battle of admissions, which is known to be a very taxing process in India.
The move is likely to impact hundreds of Indian students in the Gulf region.