Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and EDCIL Conducts Study in India (SII) Workshop

New Delhi: The Ministry of Education’s Department of Higher Education, in collaboration with EDCIL, recently organized a Study In India (SII) workshop at the AICTE auditorium in New Delhi. The primary objective was to acquaint stakeholders from various Ministries/Departments, FRROs, Indian Missions abroad, and Compliance Officers of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) with the SII portal’s functioning and their specific roles in its operation.

Study in India is a flagship program initiated by the Government of India, aligning with the center’s vision to restore India’s position as a global education hub. The website-portal serves as a comprehensive platform for registration and visa approvals, streamlining the entire process and empowering students to select their preferred courses, receive institute offer letters, and successfully pursue their educational aspirations in India.

The SII portal was collaboratively launched by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister, and Dr. S. Jaishankar, Union External Affairs Minister, in New Delhi on August 3rd, 2023, as part of the ongoing efforts to internationalize higher education.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of Department Of Higher Education K. Sanjay Murthy said that the SII programme was launched to  bring cohesive and coordinated actions for easing the process of regulatory actions for any student willing to study in India with the collaboration of Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs. He further added that in this Amrit Kaal period, we aim to host at least 10 million students from worldwide and our institutions need to set firm targets to ensure its fulfillment.

Director, IIT Kanpur, Shri Abhay Karandikar commended the efforts and the leadership of the Ministries involved, expressing that this distinctive initiative will successfully achieve the objectives of internationalisation of higher education and fulfill aspirations of students and learners.

While addreasing the gathering, Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman NETF said that the students will become the global embassadors of Bharat and will project the country as prefferred destination for Research in Higher education.

The event was attended by nearly 500 officials, with participation from virtual attendees such as the FRROs and officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Education, Indian missions abroad, and representatives from higher education institutions (HEIs) in India. India, renowned for its second-largest higher education system worldwide, has nurtured some of the most brilliant minds globally.

The SII program seeks to position India as the top choice for studying by offering affordable education of high quality. It grants access to more than 500 prestigious educational institutions, with a wide selection of over 2,600 courses available for undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG), doctoral, and other short-term programs. This initiative will make a significant contribution towards enhancing the overall standard of higher education.

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