The Indian Institute of Technology, one of the most revered engineering institutes in the country, aspires to become one of the best international educational institutions. With this in mind, the Joint Admission Board (JAB) at IIT has taken the decision to permit students from as many as 9 other countries to appear for JEE Advanced directly. This is to say that the candidates from our neighbouring countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Singapore, UAE, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bhutan would not be required to give the JEE Main exam. They can directly sit for JEE Advanced.

The inclusion of African nation, Ethiopia seems to have generated curiosity. Talking about the same, Gautam Biswas, the Director of IIT Guwahati said, “For the last many years, we have got a large number of Ethiopian students in post-graduate courses. IITs are popular there.”

It has been heard that the examination centres will be set up in all these countries. A senior official mentioned that this move has been made to depict India’s soft power. He also affirmed that the foreign students would in no case occupy the seats meant for Indians.

The cost of admission would supposedly be recovered from the foreign students itself and the government shall not be liable for any expenses on their account. It is also being heard that the IITs are planning to give admission to as many as one lakh students by 2020.

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