The University of Kerala has received more than 24,000 applications, including international students, for various postgraduate courses with high priority for science, English and commerce programs. PG entrance test will be held from 1st to August.
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“A total of 24044 applications have been accepted for the 61 postgraduate courses offered by the university,” said Professor and HOD, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. After MA (1709) in English Language and Literature, Chemistry (1472), MSW (1449) and Specialized Physics in Space Physics (1215) have the highest application. With just seven applications, the MA Russian Language and Literature received the lowest number of applications. Other subjects that have been registered in double digits are West Asian Studies (18), German language and literature (29), Tamil language and literature (26), Islamic history (33), Sanskrit general language and literature (27), music (29). ) And Arabic language and literature (52).
The university says Kumar has seen a tremendous increase in foreign applicants this year. “For the 2021-22 academic year, we have received applications around 1800, which is much higher than in previous years.” He added that earlier we had only 30-50 applicants for UG and PG courses. Highlighting the reasons behind the increase in enrollment of foreign students, Kumar believes that the current global health crisis may motivate students to choose neighboring countries. “The highest number of candidates came from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Proximity to India seems to be a major factor in this growth, ”he added.
The Punjabi University, Patiala which is currently accepting applications for engineering courses, has so far received more than 600 registrations, including enrollment of foreign students. “About 200 applications have come from students around the world. Most of them have applied for BTech and 50 students have applied for PhD program, ”said Manjit Singh, Professor, Coordinator, Central Admission Cell, Punjabi University, Patiala.
The university received 94 foreign students in the 2020-21 academic session. “Last year, 50 students came from Ethiopia and others who came through ICCAR represented Gambia, Afghanistan, Ghana, Djibouti, Egypt, Nepal and Uganda,” Singh said. He added that there were also three students from the UAE. PhD, MBA, BBA, BCM are on the list of most sought after courses among international students.
Due to the increase in the number of foreign students on campus, Singh’s reason is that in addition to government initiatives, the facilities offered by a particular university are also important in attracting international students. “Advanced teaching-learning facilities, collaboration of university students make alumni our brand ambassadors. The International Students Directorate takes care of the faculty and academic exchange programs, international exposure tours, counseling to adapt to the new environment.
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The presence of students from all over the world makes the class more diverse and lively. “Their presence is beneficial for both local students and teachers because they bring a different perspective,” he added. In addition to finances, they make the classroom and campus more vibrant with their experience in related fields.
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