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Studying in India
From time immemorial, India has been a centre for learning. Thousands of years ago, great scholars used to teach through the scriptures. A variety of subjects such as philosophy, religion, medicine, literature, drama and arts, astrology, mathematics and sociology were taught and masterpieces on these subjects were written. Under the Buddhist influence, education was available to virtually everyone who wanted it and some world famous institutions arose out of the monasteries, such as Nalanda, Vikramshila and Takshashila. Nalanda, which flourished from the fifth to 13th century AD, was especially noteworthy. It had at one time about 10,000 resident students and teachers on its roll, including Chinese, Sri Lankan, Korean and other international scholars.
During the 11th century, the Muslims established elementary and secondary schools, "Madrasas" or colleges, and even universities at cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Allahabad, mostly using Arabic as the medium of instruction. During the medieval period, there was excellent interaction between Indian and Islamic traditions in all fields of knowledge like theology, religion, philosophy, fine arts, painting, architecture, mathematics, medicine and astronomy.
With the arrival of the British, English education came into being with the help of the European missionaries. In 1817, Hindu College was established in Kolkata. The Elphinstone Institution was set up in 1834 in Mumbai. In 1857 three universities were set up at Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai. Since then, Structured education has made steady advances in the country. With 226 universities and thousands of colleges affiliated to them, 428 engineering colleges and technological institutes, more than a 100 medical colleges, scores of agricultural institutes and many other specialized centres of learning and research in every subject and discipline, India can claim its position as one of the leading countries providing quality higher education to its people as well as to students and scholars from countries all over the world.
Today Indian universities and institutes of higher education and research have made a significant contribution to transmission of knowledge and enquiry into frontiers of science and technology. In the field of traditional subjects such as arts and humanities as well as in pure sciences, applied physics and chemistry, mathematics and in areas of technology, the universities and higher institutes have been playing a leading role in transforming the country into a modern industrialized, technologically advanced state. The ushering of the Green Revolution and the tremendous progress in dairy development have made India a major food-producing country on one hand; on the other hand, its development of space technology, production and launching of indigenous satellites, development of peaceful nuclear energy have brought it into the forefront of technologically advanced nations to which a large number of developing countries looks for training and guidance.
Indian universities and institutes of higher learning have been playing their role to promote the needs and aspirations of higher education and research to Indian students and scholars. These centres have been extending their cooperation and friendship towards students of other developing countries also, where facilities for higher studies and research are not adequate. In addition, a number of overseas students are also drawn to Indian educational institutions providing high-quality education at very competitive prices.
Institutes of Higher Education

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Karagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Ruraki
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  • Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi
  • Indian School of Business(ISB), Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
  • Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
  • Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
  • Indian Institute of Management, Indore
  • Indian Institute of Management, Shillong
  • Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak
  • Indian Institute of Management, Raipur
  • Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli
  • Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur
  • Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur

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Scholarships to Senegalese students

Indian Government offers 10 places to Senegalese students for Undergraduate and Post-graduate studies in various fields, ranging from Humanities, Indian languages, Fine Arts to Sciences, Engineering and Management in Indian Universities. Scholarships are NOT provided for Medicine and related fields.  Scholarships are also not provided for IITs and IIMs. These institutions have their own admission procedure. One slot is offered under Cultural Exchange Programme [CEP] while 9 slots are offered under Africa Scholarship  Scheme [ASS]. Apart from above, scholarship is  offered for Propagation of Hindi Abroad (one slot) at Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra to Senegalese student. These scholarships (except scholarship scheme for propagation of Hindi abroad) are coordinated by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.

Scholarship offers to Senegalese students are conveyed every year to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Senegalese abroad of the Government of Senegal. Applications of nominated candidates are scrutinized by the Embassy and eligible nominations are sent to the ICCR.  The ICCR strives to get confirmations for admissions from autonomous Indian Universities, which are communicated to the nominees by the Embassy. However, acceptance of all nominations is NOT guaranteed and is subject to confirmation by autonomous Indian Universities. The slots are materialized, subject to various parameters, namely, eligibility in terms of subjects/grades in qualifying examination, availability of desired course/seats in desired institution etc. Nominated candidates are advised to give multiple choices of courses/institutions for better utilization of slots.

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Government of India's self-financing slots

Besides scholarships, Government of India provides few self-financing seats in Medical/ Engineering/Pharmacy colleges in prestigious government institutions. Such slots are advertised by the Embassy during first quarter [ January - March] every year. 

Government of India also facilitates (i) admission for wards of PIOs and NRIs under Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) and (ii) direct admission to eligible Foreign Nationals / PIOs / NRIs to undergraduate engineering programs offered by the National Institutes of Technology (formerly Regional Engineering Colleges) and other centrally funded institutions (other than IITs) and Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, under the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) Scheme. Please visit website :

Other admissions on self-financing basis

For all other self-financing courses, students are advised to apply direct to recognized universities/institutions. Postal/e-mail addresses, web sites, phone/fax numbers etc. of recognized India institutions can be obtained from the literature available at the library of the High Commission of India and/or from the aforementioned web sites of such institutions.

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