Riyadh: NRI students, including those from Telangana, are seeking admission into premier technical educational institutions — NITs and IIITs — under the Direct Admissions of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme.
Earlier, they were unaware of the scheme which led to many parents from Telangana sending their children to India to pursue engineering and technical courses. However, they gradually came to know about the scheme and are availing it now.
A degree from any of these institutions enjoys considerable merit and recognition, besides opening up wide-range of opportunities for pursuing careers in engineering, technology and architecture.
DASA scheme of Ministry of Human Resources and Development aims at facilitating admissions for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf (CIWG), foreign nationals, PIOs, NRIs into NITs, IIITs, SPAs and other Centrally funded and premier technical institutes.
These institutions reserved 15 per cent of seats for Gulf NRI students under the scheme, which made taking admission far easier for NRI students. The local students back home in India have to qualify JEE Main to enter NITs, whereas NRI students are admitted on the basis of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores.
Allahabad’s Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology is entrusted with the admissions under DASA for the academic year 2018-19.
Students who wish to apply under the scheme have to register for the SAT by June 11 and the first round of seat allotment will be done on June 24 and final round on July 17.
The students should furnish proof that either of the parents is working in the Gulf such as the copy of passport and Iqama (residency visa) besides submitting employment certificate from the employer. They need to pay the fee on par with the local students in India which is Rs 1.25 lakh per annum. Though the fee was earlier increased to Rs 5.14 lakh, later it was again reduced following protests from Gulf NRIs.