Is there NRI quota in NITs in India?

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Author: Sankalan Bhattacharya      Post Date: 17 Apr 2023        
Degrees from NITs have a superior value as NITs are termed Institutes of eminence. Getting into these institutes requires sound academic qualifications and academics are given prime importance there. One has to be very good at academics and clear the entrance exams conducted at the national level to get into NITs. Students are admitted to the programs of NITs based on their rank in JEE (Main) and seat allocation is through Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) and Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB).

There is no such direct system of quota for NRI students willing to pursue an academic program in NITs but there is a scheme from the Ministry of Education, Government of India, called DIRECT ADMISSION OF STUDENTS ABROAD (DASA) for admitting students of foreign origin/ Non-Resident Indians or Overseas Citizen of India. More than 60 institutes all over the country are participants of the DASA.

For DASA, 15% of the total seats of the institute are reserved and based on the academic criteria mentioned below, students are admitted:
  • Candidates must have a valid JEE (Main) rank
  • Candidates have to pass the 10+2 or equivalent exams from a board/institute of the country that has recognition from the Association of Indian Universities and have the subjects Physics, Mathematics and either Chemistry/Biology/ Computer Science/Bio-Technology during class 11 or 12 from their board of study

In DASA, 5% of the seats are reserved for the Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries (CIWG) category. The list of countries that are under CIWG are:
  • Bahrain
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Saudi Arabia

The tuition fees for candidates opting for the DASA scheme are quite high but candidates belonging to SAARC countries can avail of a 50% waiver in the tuition fees if they pass the mandated qualifying examination from the SAARC countries.
Author: Roshan Salim      Post Date: 17 Apr 2023        
In my knowledge, Yes, there is a special NRI quota in National Institutes of Technology (NITs) in India for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and candidates belonging to the Indian diaspora. This quota is reserved for students who are Indian citizens but have completed their qualifying examination (such as 10+2) from outside India.

NITs are premier institutions of higher education in India that offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in engineering, technology, and other related fields. They are known for their rigorous academic programs, world-class infrastructure, and research-oriented approach to education. Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and candidates belonging to the Indian diaspora who wish to study at NITs can apply for admission under the NRI quota.

The NRI quota in NITs is usually a fixed percentage of the total seats available for admission. For example, in 2021, the NITs reserved 5% of their total seats for NRIs and foreign nationals for admission to undergraduate programs through the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) scheme. Similarly, some NITs may reserve 15% of their total seats for NRIs under the supernumerary quota for admissions to undergraduate programs.

The admission process for the NRI quota in NITs is usually separate from the regular admission process. NRI candidates are required to fulfil the eligibility criteria for admission to the NITs, which include academic qualifications, age limit, and other requirements. For example, to be eligible for admission to undergraduate programs in NITs, NRI candidates must have passed the 10+2 or equivalent examination with at least 75% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM).

The admission process for the NRI quota in NITs is usually based on the candidate's performance in a qualifying examination or entrance test, such as the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main. For example, NRI candidates can apply for admission to NITs through the DASA scheme, which is based on the JEE Main scores. Similarly, some NITs may conduct their entrance tests for admission under the NRI quota.

It is important to note that NRI candidates may have to pay higher fees for admission under the NRI quota compared to Indian students. For example, under the DASA scheme, NRI candidates are required to pay an annual tuition fee of USD 8000 for undergraduate programs in NITs, while Indian students pay significantly lower fees.

In conclusion, the NRI quota in NITs in India is a great opportunity for NRIs and candidates belonging to the Indian diaspora to study at some of the best engineering and technology institutions in the country. The NRI quota is usually a fixed percentage of the total seats available for admission, and the admission process is separate from the regular admission process. NRI candidates are required to fulfil the eligibility criteria and may have to pay higher fees for admission under the NRI quota.
Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao      Post Date: 17 Apr 2023        
There are some seats reserved for NRIs and children of Indians Working in the Gulf (CIWG) under the DASA (Direct Admission of Students Abroad) scheme. The seats will be allotted to the students based on their performance in the test conducted for their admission called SAT test.

About 15% of the seats are for these students. The exact number will vary and can be obtained from the websites of NITs.

An NRI candidate can get a seat in NITs in the following two ways.

1. JEE Mains: NRIs can write JEE Mains examination along with all the students from India. The students who clear this examination and get the cut-off marks will get admitted like non-NRI. The fees are equal to what a Student from India pays.

2. DASA: Under this scheme, NRI students should attend the SAT Subject Tests (Physics, Chemistry and Math Level 2). Students who score above 1800 overall will be eligible for admission into NITs. But the fees to be paid are higher than normal Indian students pay.
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