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Abu Dhabi: Children of Indian expats in the UAE and those of foreigners globally can now apply for 15 per cent seats reserved for them in India’s premier higher education institutes for technology, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi said on Tuesday.

The mission announced the details of the of Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) Scheme for such children for the academic year 2022-23 as per the notification from the Indian Ministry of Education.

DASA Scheme allows foreign nationals studying in any country (including India), wards of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and Non – Resident Indians (NRIs), to pursue technical education in India in NITs and other centrally funded technical institutions (excluding IITs).

Indian nationals having at least two years of education, inclusive of 11th and 12th or equivalent (not beyond), in a foreign country during the last eight years with valid qualifying exam (JEE-Main) rank or score from abroad, are also eligible under the scheme.

The ministry has notified that undergraduate admissions under DASA 2022-23 will be made on the basis of the ranks obtained by students in the Joint Entrance Examination- Main (JEE - Main) conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), the embassy said in a press release.

As per the notification, nearly 15 per cent of total seats at National Institute of Technology (NITs), International Institute of Information Technology (IIITs), and centrally funded technical institutions (except IITs) have been reserved for this category of students.

The scheme is available in different disciplines proportionately. At present, around 3,900 undergraduate and 1300 postgraduate seats are offered under the Scheme.

How much will they pay?

Under the DASA Scheme, the registration/application fee for the undergraduate programmes is $300 while the tuition fee is $8,000.

The students belonging to ‘children of Indian workers in the Gulf’ (CIWG) category and taking admissions in the undergraduate programmes of the NITs and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, under the DASA Scheme can pay tuition fee of Rs.1,25,000/- per annum either in Indian Rupees (INR) or equivalent US Dollars at existing exchange rate.

The parents, living in India or abroad and willing to pay fees prescribed under the DASA scheme in Indian Rupees at existing exchange rate in place of US dollars, are allowed to pay the prescribed fee in INR. The nationals of SAARC countries (except India) are eligible for 50 per cent tuition fee waiver provided they have passed the qualifying examination (JEE Main) in SAARC countries.

Who can apply for what

For the postgraduate programmes under DASA scheme, only foreign nationals, PIOs, OCIs who have completed undergraduate programme in any country (including India) are eligible to apply, the notification said.

The applicants must have passed the qualifying examination, i.e. four/five year undergraduate programme in engineering/technology or equivalent in relevant discipline for M.Tech. / M.Arch. / M.Plan. / M.D. / MURP and an appropriate UG degree for MBA programme from any stream of education recognized as equivalent by the Association of Indian Universities, UGC, AICTE or other statutory bodies as applicable. Further, the applicant must have a valid minimum total of 300 GRE Revised General Test Score (Verbal + Quantitative) for eligibility for M.Tech./M.Arch./M.Plan./M.Des. and minimum of 480 GMAT Test Score for MBA programme.

For the postgraduate programmes, the non-refundable registration fee is $300 and the first semester tuition fee is $4,000. Foreign nationals, who are nationals of SAARC countries, are eligible for 50 per cent tuition fee waiver provided they have passed the qualifying examination (as mentioned above) in SAARC countries, the notification added.