India’s premier institutes to reserve more seats for children of Indian workers in Gulf

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More seats have been reserved for Children of Indians Working in Gulf countries (CIWG) looking for admissions at premier Indian institutes through Direct Admission to Students Abroad (DASA) scheme.

A third of the 15 per cent seats at premier Indian institutes, such as institutions/university departments, approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will be reserved for CIWG, a report on Times of Oman said.

These institutes offer technical courses leading to diploma, degree and post graduate degrees in engineering and technology, architecture and town planning, pharmacy, applied arts, MBA and MCA, hotel management and catering technology.

A circular on Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs website is as below :

Government has approved a scheme enabling supernumerary quota of 15% seats in all the institutions of higher education/Universities offering higher and technical courses for foreign nationals/persons of Indian origin/children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries.

This could be over and above the approved intake. It has also been envisaged that one-third of the 15% supernumerary quota shall be reserved across different disciplines in the educational institutions, for the children of Indian workers in the Gulf countries.

One-third reservation for CIWG

“There will be one-third reservation for Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries (CIWG). However, any vacant seats out of the 1/3 category of CIWG shall be reverted to the quota of 2/3 meant for other categories of DASA- 2016. Eligibility of CIWG will be same as that of NRIs,” the circular states.

CIWG will have to pay fee at par with resident citizens. Proof that either of the parent is working in a gulf country, such as the copy of the passport of the parent working in the gulf, copy of the parent’s visa and copy of parent’s work permit (If any) will be required while applying for the admission.

“Such a candidate has to make a payment of USD300 as registration fee (non-refundable) and USD700 towards tuition fee for one semester. Fee as that of resident students will be applicable. Any change in the tuition fee from competent authority from time to time will be applicable to CIWG also,” the circular added.

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    This is the very illogical unjust treatment of CIWG candidates when DASA make fee par the NRI because CIWGs are not so affluent as NRIs. Dasa make 20 percentile marks, minimum SAT score 1800 and then make open the door for more NRIs with a high fee while pretending to be serving CIWG. This time most of the CIWG seats will automatically go to NRIs. Good money!!!! USD. 8300/- per year is a huge sum for CIWG, especially Gulf countries are drying up.

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