Indians studying in UAE can apply for 15% of IIT, NIT seats in India

Indian pupils residing in the United Arab Emirates can now apply for 15% of total seats at premier educational institutes in India.

Indian pupils residing in the United Arab Emirates can now apply for 15% of total seats at premier educational institutes in India.

The Indian Ministry of Education has announced that undergraduate admissions under the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) Scheme for the year 2022-23 will be made based on the ranks acquired by students in the Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE – Main) led by National Testing Agency (NTA).


Around 15% of total seats at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institute of Technology (NITs) and centrally funded technical institutions, except Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), have now been reserved for the students of this category.

This scheme is available in various disciplines proportionately. Presently, around 3900 undergraduate and 1300 postgraduate seats are reserved under the scheme.

DASA scheme enables foreign nationals studying in any nation, including India, wards of overseas citizens of India (OCI), persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and non-resident Indians (NRIs), to pursue technical education in India in NITs and many other centrally funded technical institutes, except IITs.

The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi stated, “Boon for Indian pupils and foreign nationals. Apply now.”

Under the DASA Scheme, the application fee/registration for the UG programmes is $300, whereas the tuition fee is $8,000. The students who fall under the children of Indian workers in the Gulf (CIWG) category and taking admissions in the UG programmes of the NITs and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, under this scheme can pay their tuition fee of Rs125,000 per year either in Indian rupees or equal to US dollars at the current exchange rate.

Similarly, for the PG programmes under DASA, only foreign nationals, OCIs, and PIOs who have done UG programmes in any country are eligible to apply.


The applicants must have cleared the qualifying examination, i.e. four-five year UG programme in engineering/technology or comparable in relevant discipline for M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan./ M.Des. / MURP and a proper UG degree for MBA programme from any stream of education identified as equal to the Association of Indian Universities, AICTE, UGC or other statutory bodies as applicable.

Tariq Saeed

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