Speaking to Education Times, Amarjiva Lochan, dean, International Relations and Foreign Students Registry, says that admission process is already delayed for foreign students due to Covid-19. They should not suffer due to delayed board results in India.
“Some of the foreign applicants have already passed the qualifying examination in their respective countries. Moreover, DU has the provision of 5% supernumerary seats in its colleges for foreign nationals so it will not impact the enrolment of Indian students,” says Lochan. Earlier, DU used to complete 80-90% foreign admission by the end of April. “Mostly, Foreign Students Registry (FSR) admission starts in February and close to 80-90% admissions get over by April,” says Lochan.
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New applicants in 2020
“DU has received new applicants from countries such as Argentina, Mexico, the Netherlands, Malaysia,” says Lochan. The university earlier had students from countries including Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Bangladesh etc. “Most students from developing countries prefer courses in Computer Science and Bachelor of Management Studies. Among PG students, Political Science is one of the most sought-after courses,” adds Lochan. Last year, the university took various steps including the extension of the application deadline, easing the administrative process to attract foreign nationals. “With the collective efforts, the university not only retained the foreign enrolments, but surpassed the previous year’s figure. In 2020, DU enrolled 562 students as compared to 556 in 2019,” says Lochan. According to the merit list for the academic session 2020-21, Political Science and Psychology were among the top in the list of the most preferred courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, respectively. A total of 44 candidates made it to the merit list for BA (H) Psychology and 43 candidates for BA (H) Political Science. For MA Political Science, 29 students made it to the merit list in the academic session 2020-21. For Bachelor of Law programme, 51 students figured in the DU admission list.
Students from Afghanistan and Nepal have traditionally been largely representing foreign students on the DU campus. “Availability of scholarships and easy connectivity are major reasons that can be the reason for maximum applications from the two neighbouring countries,” adds Lochan.
Other than these two countries, students from Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, China, Mongolia, Palestine, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Bangladesh, Republic of Korea and Swaziland had applied in the year 2020.