Foreigners welcome at BITS Pilani Hyd

Business Standard reports, Hyderabad December 17, 2014

BITS Hyderabad opens
its doors for overseas students

As part of its roadmap to be among the top 50 BRICS universities and achieve global repute, BITS Pilani has opened its doors for overseas students. To start with, at its Hyderabad campus, it would take 50 foreign students for its more than a dozen undergraduate programmes from August next year.

“We are expecting foreign students from Saarc countries to join this year. Seeing the response, we would extend the facility to other Indian campuses at Pilani and Goa with expanded slots in the following years,” said Prof VS Rao, director of BITS Hyderabad campus.

The deemed university plans to increase the total student admissions across all its three campuses to 18,000 from the current 12,000 besides placing emphasis on extensive research and entreprenuership.

It has earmarked an expenditure of up to Rs 1,500 crore in the next five years for creating infrastructure, including modern research labs, centres of excellence and tie-ups with globally reputed universities.

“Our campus students will drive research in affordable and accessible healthcare, improving urban livelihoods and water resources management. Research in areas of international relevance will also be encouraged,” said Rao. BITS Pilani is ranked 90 among the universities in BRICS countries.

According to him, the university is actively considering introducing business administration programmes in the future to tap the growing demand for such streams.

As for the overseas student admissions, BITS Hyderabad has fixed an annual tuition fee of $6900. However, it is offering a merit-based scholarship waiver of 30-80 per cent for them.

The eligibility criteria is XII with a pass percentage of 60 per cent and having a minimum aggregate SAT score of 1,600.

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