The dean of international students, Nandita Singh, has received these applications. The last session’s count was 250. Out of those seekers of the ICCR scholarships for colleges and universities, 111 had confirmed their interest in joining the PU but only 63 had joined in the end. Dean Nandita Singh said: “This year, we have 229 confirmations, so far, and have moved the applications to the department concerned.”
Asked why the number had increased, she said: “The engineering and management courses have been the pull factor. We are yet to received applications from the NRIs (non-resident Indians) and for self-financed courses.” ICCR regional director Nalini Singhal said: “Usually, the PU is foriegn students’ first preference for humanities courses. They have to submit three preferences, and that might have jacked up the number.”
Afghans are the majority applicants, while the Africans interested in PhD have preferred to join the university in Patiala. For Amritsar, where seats are limited, the response is from miscellaneous countries.
PU’s current foreign students are from 10 countries (Afghanistan, Iran, Ethiopia, Kenya, Myanmar, Mauritius, Nepal, South Sudan, Vietnam, and the UAE) mostly. The application period for the ICCR scholarship is from December 2019 to March but, this year, the deadline was extended because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The university teachers cited three reasons for getting more response this time, the foremost of which is the word-of-mouth publicity of the campus facilities by former students. The other reasons are better job value of the PU degree and a greater awareness of the scholarships.
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