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Admission Under Self Financing Scheme for Foreign Students:-

Applications are invited from Qatari students for admission to Medical (MBBS), Enginnering & Pharmacy Colleges as well as to Diploma courses in Pharmacy and Engineering, under Self Financing Scheme for foreign students for the academic year 2013 - 2014. 

Application forms are available with the Embassy 

Second Secretary (PIC), 
Tel. No. 44255706, 
Fax No. 44670448, 


1 For MBBS course, applicants should have secured a minimum of 60% of the aggregate of marks with at least 60% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Zoology & Botany) and 50% in English in the qualifying examination (equivalent to standard 10 + 2 in India).
  1. For Bachelor of Engineering course: Candidates should have secured a minimum of 60% of the aggregate of marks with at least 60 % in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and 50% marks in English in the qualifying examination (equivalent to 10 + 2 in India)
3 For B. Pharmacy / Diploma in Pharmacy courses: An applicant must have secured a minimum of 60% of the aggregate of marks with at least 60% in Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Zoology and Botany) and 50% in English in the qualifying examination (equivalent to 10 + 2 in India).
4 For Diploma in Engineering Course: Candidates maust have secured a minimum of 60 % marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and 50 % in English in 10th as well as in 12th grade examination.

Documents required to be submitted with application form:-

  1. Three copies of certificates and marks sheets of qualifying examination duly attested by the Ministy of Foreign Affairs, Government of the State of Qatar and the Embassy of India, Doha (with English translation).
2 Three copies each of passport (first four pages), Birth Certificate and Character certificate from the Head of Institution last attended (with English translation).
  1. Three copies of recent passport sized photographs. 

Foreign students can also apply for nomination pending final declaration of their 10 + 2 examination result. Nomination of such candidate will, however, depend on the availability of seats at the time of receipt of their marks sheets, if they are received within the prescribed time.


1 Applications forms can be collected from the Embassy till 1st April 2013.
2 Applications complete in all respects, should be submitted to the Embassy by 9th April 2013.
  1. Selected candidates will have to undergo a medical test, including Aids test, on arrival in India.


Understanding the Indian Education System:

India today has the second largest higher education network in the world. Universities in India are set up by the Central or State Governments by means of legislation, while colleges are established by either the State Governments or private bodies / trusts. All colleges are affiliated to some university.

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The Different types of universities are:.

Central or State Universities - while the former are funded directly by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the latter are set up and funded by the various state governments. 

Deemed Universitie
s - which enjoy the same academic status and privileges as a university. Examples are the Deccan College of Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune; Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore; etc. 

Institutions of National Importance - are university-level institutions that are established or designated by Acts of Parliament and funded by the Central Government. These include the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, etc.

Most universities are 'affiliating universities which prescribe to the affiliated colleges the admission criteria and courses of study, hold examinations and award degrees.

Undergraduate and, to some extent, postgraduate instruction is imparted by the colleges affiliated to a particular university.

Classification of Colleges:

Colleges in India come under four different categories. This categorization is done on the basis of the kind of courses offered by them (professional / vocational) / their ownership status( Private / Government) or their relationship with the university (affiliated / university owned).

University Colleges: these colleges are managed by the university itself and situated mostly in the university campus.

Government Colleges: The government colleges are few, only about 15-20 percent of the total. They are managed by state governments. As in case of other colleges, the university to which these colleges are affiliated, conducts their examination, lays down the courses of studies and awards the degrees.

Professional Colleges: The professional colleges are mostly in the disciplines of medicine, engineering and management. There are few for other disciplines too. They are sponsored and managed either by the government or by private initiative.

Privately Managed colleges: About 70% of the colleges are founded by the privately owned trusts or societies. But these institutes are also governed by the rules and regulations of the university they are affiliated to. Though initially started up as a private initiative, the state government also funds these colleges.

Courses offered at Higher Education Level

Indian Universities offer various courses in the following disciplines.

1 Engineering and Technology
2 Computer Sciences, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Bio-informatics.
3 Medical, Dental, Nursing, Pharmacy and Paramedical.
4 Agriculture / Veterinary Sciences, Dairy Technology and Fisheries.
5 Arts & Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Commerce, Science and Management.
6 Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Travel and Tourism.
7 Fashion Design & Technology.

The academic programmes are offered at Vocational Diploma, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral levels.

Distance Education

In India, there are 66 distance education institutions functioning in 60 universities besides, 11 open universities offering distance education programmes. India Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi is one of the mega open universities in the world and caters to around 1 million students around the world.

Vocational Education

Vocational Education at Certificate level are offered by 1500 vocational institutions in the country in the areas of agriculture, business, commerce, health and para-medical, home science and humanities in addition to engineering trades.

Courses and Degrees

Undergraduate Courses:-

Undergraduate courses, in general, are of three years leading to Bachelor degrees. The universities and higher education institutes award Bachelor's degree in Arts, Science, Commerce, etc. However, undergraduate courses leading to a first degree in professional subjects like Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy are of a longer duration ranging from four to five and a half years. Most of the engineering courses are for a duration of four years, while the medical courses are for a duration of about five and a half years.

Postgraduate Courses:-

Postgraduate Courses in Arts, Science, Engineering and Medicine are usually for two years ending with the award of a Master's degree. In some specialized fields for instance, for a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree, the possession of a Bachelor's degree in any discipline is required before admission can be obtained.

Some universities and higher institutes offer a diploma or a certificate course of shorter duration courses in disciplines like Engineering, Agricultural Sciences and Computer Technology. However the duration of these courses varies from university to university.

Doctoral Courses:- Doctoral courses like M Phil and PhD are available only at the university colleges. These courses involve research work under a chosen/allotted guide, leading to thesis submission and viva-voce.

Successful completion of PhD course designates the title of 'Doctor' to the individual.

Rules & Regulations for Admission

Admission rules and criteria generally differ from one college to another. But provided here is a synopsis of general rules and regulations that you need to keep in mind while seeking admission to any of the following courses


Undergraduate Courses in Engineering or Technology

Candidates having 10+2 qualifications with physics and mathematics as compulsory subjects along with chemistry / biotechnology / computer science / biology are eligible to seek admission to Bachelor of Engineering courses in civil, mechanical, electrical, electronics, computer, aeronautics, agriculture, industrial engineering, etc.

Minimum age generally is 17 years but may vary slightly from institution to institution. Admission to various engineering colleges like IITs, is generally based on the merit obtained in the entrance test. Self financing international students can contact Ed.CIL for admission to Government and private engineering institutes including National Institutes of Technology.

DASA Scheme:-

Admission to Premier Technical Institutes like National Institutes of Technology (NIT's) under Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) Scheme.Please click on the Link to see the details on DASA Students wishing to study for a diploma in engineering courses should have completed 10 years of schooling.

Postgraduate Engineering Courses:-

Candidates interested in pursuing studies towards Master's and PhD degrees in Engineering and Technology should have Bachelors and Masters in their respective disciplines. Most of the Institutes give admission in post-graduate programmes in Engineering and Technology on the basis of Bachelors degree. The Indian Institute of Technology conducts the GATE examination annually at different centers in India. However some institutions like IIT's essentially require GATE score for admission to PG course.


Undergraduate Courses in Medicine:-

For MBBS course, applicants should have secured a minimum of 50 per cent of the aggregate of marks with at least 60 per cent in physics, chemistry and biology and English in the qualifying examination (equivalent to 10 + 2 in India).

A No Objection Certificate from the Department of Health, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, is also required.

Direct admission of international students to MBBS, BDS or any other undergraduate medical courses offered by government medical institutions is not possible. Admission to these courses is possible only against nominations made by different Ministries or Departments of the Government of India such as Health & Family Welfare (Department of Health), under the Self-Financing Foreign Students' Scheme or various other scholarship schemes.

However, in private medical colleges recognized by the Medical Council of India, International students can seek admission to undergraduate courses in medicine (MBBS) through Ed.CIL.

Post-graduate courses in Medicine:-

For postgraduate courses, self-financing international students can apply to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh. Both these institutes conduct a written competitive examination twice a year during the January and July sessions. The students are required to appear for their examination and pay the examination fees themselves.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Course:-

Admission to the B Pharmacy course for International students offered by public and government institutions is not possible. Admission to these courses is possible only against nominations made by different Ministries or Departments of the Government of India such as Health & Family Welfare (Department of Health), under the Self-Financing Foreign Students' Scheme or various other scholarship schemes.

International students can seek admission to private colleges through Ed.CIL. Applicants should have passed 10+2 Senior School level examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics.

Management Courses:-

Management studies are normally postgraduate courses though there are some institutes that offer three-year undergraduate courses in management such as Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) / Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS).

For admission to undergraduate programmes in management, the applicants should have passed the qualifying examination (Equivalent to 10+2 in India). Admission to postgraduate programmes require the candidate to posses a Bachelor Degree.

The postgraduate courses open to international students include the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Post-graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) or Master of Management Studies (MMS), which are offered in many prestigious institutions around the country. These courses are of two-year duration on a full time basis. Many institutions offer a part time three-year course for employed personnel. Some management institutes also offer a one-year diploma course in specializations like marketing, sales, industrial relations, personnel management, social welfare, material management, office and systems management, production management, etc.Admission to prestigious institutes like Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) is on the basis of a Common Admission Test (CAT) followed by interviews. Foreign candidates seeking admission, to various institutes can contact Ed.CIL.

Hotel Management Courses:-

Some of the prominent institutions that conduct courses in this area are, the Institutes of Hotel Management under the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology, New Delhi, The Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development, New Delhi, etc.Certificate, Diploma and Degree courses are available at the undergraduate level. Duration of certificate courses is six months to one year. Diploma and bachelor's level / courses are of one-and-a-half to four-year duration. Those with graduation can go in for postgraduate diploma courses, the duration of which is one year. Minimum qualification for a course in hotel management is 10+2. Selection to most government recognized institutes are based on a common entrance test for Indian students. Direct admissions are offered to foreign students. Foreign candidates can apply for admission to these courses at various private institutions through Ed.CIL.

Agricultural Courses - Veterinary Sciences, Dairy Technology and Fisheries :

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research regulates the graduate and postgraduate agricultural education and research.

Applicants for undergraduate courses should have passed 10+2 senior school level examination with physics, chemistry, biology / mathematics.

International students interested in undergraduate or postgraduate courses in any central or state agricultural universities in India can approach Ed.CIL.

Fashion Technology:-

Prominent institutes in fashion technology are National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad; International Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi (IIFT); IEC School of Art and Fashion, New Delhi; Indian Institute of Art and Fashion Technology (IIAFT), Mumbai; Pearl Academy of Fashion, New Delhi; J.D. Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.

Courses in fashion technology include graduate, postgraduate, certificate and diploma in the following areas: Accessory designing and fashion designing; garment manufacturing technology; apparel marketing and merchandising; leather and garment design and technology; knitwear design and technology; textile design and development; and fashion journalism and presentation.

There are four-year undergraduate and two-year postgraduate programmes in the areas of design, management and technology. Certificate and Diploma are of six months to one year duration.

Minimum eligibility for the undergraduate course in the field is 10+2 with 50 per cent marks. While 10+2 is sufficient for accessory designing and fashion design, graduates are preferred for other courses.

Foreign candidates can apply for admission to these courses at various private institutions through Ed.CIL.(; and

Application Procedure:-

Academic session in India is normally from July to June. It is suggested that students desirous of pursuing their higher study in India should start making enquiries and research latest b November / December preceding the related academic year. This would help them in identifying appropriate courses and University / Institution by January and facilitate their submission of admission application within the time frame ie February.

In some of the universities institutions admission closes earlier by April. However for professional courses like Engineering admissions are possible till August. Interested students can download the relevant Application Forms from Download Section and apply directly to Ed.CIL. For courses of their choice various options of colleges available, refer to section Associated Institutes available. They should send the following with Application Form.

1 Attach attested copies of your certificates of the qualifying examination along with two copies of 
passport size photograph.
2 Copy of valid passport.
3 Enclose a non-refundable processing fee/registration fee - through a demand draft drawn in favor of 
& quot ;Educational Consultants India Ltd. & quot; payable at New Delhi.


Address your queries to:

Head (Placement & Secondment)
Educational Consultants India Limited (Ed.CIL)
Ed.CIL House, 18-A, Sector-16A
NOIDA - 201301 [India]
Phones: 0091-120 -2515281; 0091-120 -2512001-06
Fax: 0091-120-2515372

About Ed.CIL:

Ed.CIL is a Government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. It has been authorized by MHRD to act as a '"Single Window Coordinating Agency" for placement of International Students in premier institutions in India. 

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For more details, Ed.Cil may be contacted at:


Head [Training and Placement]
Educational Consultants India Limited (Ed.CIL)
Ed.CIL House 18A, Sector-16A
NOIDA - 201301 [India]
Phone: 0091-120-2515281 (D) 2512001-01 (EPABX)
Fax : 0091-120-2515372