common application portal for foreigners india

Common Application Portal for International Students jointly launched by IIT Bombay and IISc

A common portal for admission to IITs and IISc for international applicants was inaugurated by the Minister of HRD at the IIT Council Meeting in Delhi on 27 September 2019.

International applicants aspiring to study post-graduate programmes in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) now have a single portal where they can apply for admission for the academic year starting July 2020. India’s premier science and technology institutes have joined hands to make it easier for foreign nationals, including OCI/PIO card holders, to apply to more than 600 Masters and PhD degree programmes in science and engineering at their institutes. The international applicant portal ( provides a convenient interface to view and apply to multiple programmes simultaneously. Applicants will be informed of their selection through the portal, and they can accept anyone offer and proceed with the other formalities of entry into the country and admission process at the chosen institute.

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Students from SAARC countries benefit from a lower tuition fee compared to other international students. There are also opportunities for international applicants to secure teaching or research assistantships to fund their education in India. Together with the ease of application, scholarships, and hostel accommodation, the institutes expect to see a significant increase in the number of international students on their campuses.

The common application portal was conceived and developed by IIT Bombay, in consultation with the IITs-IISc GATE committee. The portal was launched by Hon. Minister of Human Resource and Development (HRD) Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on 27th September 2019.

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