Study in India and Stay in India Scheme | UPSC

Study in India and Stay in India Scheme | UPSC


Through ‘Study in India and Stay in India’, we are committed to establishing India as a global hub of education: Union Education Minister

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  • Education is emerging to be one of the top focuses of all the developing nations around the world.
  • While India is a popular destination for its multicultural society, the scheme is to further its global identity in the international education realm.

With India ranked as the third-largest higher education system, home to 45,000 colleges, and 950 universities.

  • Study in India was put together to encourage the global student community to experience quality academic learning.
  • The educational institutions are accredited by premier NAAC and NIRF in India.


The ‘Study in India’ programme’s aim is to target foreign students by branding India as an attractive education destination.

  • The Study in India team is aiming at – Launch India as a study hub.
  • Students who are looking for practical knowledge, personal and societal development within and outside the four walls of classrooms.

Study in India program receives applications from  – SAARC, Africa, South East Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle-East.


  • The expenditure on the fee waiver will have to be borne by the Institute concerned, based on cross-subsidisation or through its existing funding.

No additional cash flow from Government is proposed for the same.

  • The Government has approved an expenditure of Rs. 150 crores for the ‘Study in India’ programme for two years 2018-19 and 2019-20 which will be primarily for brand promotion activities.

Study in India and Stay in India Scheme | UPSC


Ministry of Human Resource Development(Education) had approved ‘Study in India’ programme with, inter-alia, the following objectives:

  • To improve the soft power of India with focus on the neighbouring countries and use it as a tool in diplomacy.
  • To boost the number of inbound International students in India.
  • To double India’s market share of global education exports from less than 1 percent to 2 percent.

Increase in contribution of international student in the form of direct spends, indirect spends, spillover effects. 

  • Improvement in overall quality of higher education.
  • Increase in global ranking of India as educational destination.
  • To reduce the export – Import imbalance in the number of International students.
  • Growth of India’s global market share of International students.


  • The Study in India interface is a prime intermediary for students .
  • It will help students to explore, connect, and apply to various top-ranked institutions in the country.
  • The program is currently offering approximately 55,000 seats with more than 35,500 fee waivers.

It also offers 2,000 scholarships, with each scholarship valued at INR 250,000.

  • As per the existing Government framework, provision of 10-15% supernumerary seats for foreign students is there.
  • ‘Study in India’ programme would target the foreign students to be admitted as per this provision.
  • This will not have any adverse impact on the number of seats/ admission of Indian students.


  • Indian institutes provide technical expertise across a diverse range of courses, from STEM to non-STEM courses.
  • Study in India program also includes niche disciplines such as Ayurveda, Yoga, and Buddhist Studies.
  • Institutes under the initiative offer waivers from 25% to 100% tuition fee waivers.

The programs caters to NIRF Top 100 institutes in any category except medical institutes. 

  • Institutions having a NAAC accreditation of 3.26 or above and empaneled by UGC, be it government or private are eligible.
  • All institutes fulfilling these criteria, partner with Study in India, including Institutes of Eminence and Institutes of National Importance.

Study in India and Stay in India Scheme | UPSC


The Study in India is a flagship project of the Government of India, launched in collaboration with the MoE, MEA, MHA, and MCI in April 2018.

  • The Study in India program was integrated by EdCIL (India) Limited, a mini-Ratna Category-I CPSE company based in India.


The proposed fee waivers to meritorious foreign students in this policy will be decided by the Institute concerned based on the following criteria:

  1. 100% waiver of tuition fees only for the top 25% students
  2. 50% waiver of tuition fees only for the next 25% students
  3. 25% waiver of tuition fees only for the next 25% students
  4. No waiver of tuition fee for remaining 25% of students


As the inflow of foreign students depends on various factors viz.

  • Individual will and choice, Visa issues etc.,
  • Estimation about future inflow of foreign students is not possible.


  • A centralised admission web-portal acts as a single window for the admission of foreign students.
  • Moreover, the programme also envisages setting up of call centres for support

Algorithm for allocation of seats to the meritorious candidates

  • Branding activities in the target countries
  • Close coordination with Indian missions abroad and foreign missions in India.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The portal will enable students from 30 countries across South Asia, Africa, CIS and Middle East.
  • Students can select and apply for different courses from Indian institutions which are high on NAAC and NIRF ranking.
  • The Scheme will also include Study in India film.

With the increase in number of foreign students, the global ranking of the Indian Higher Educational institutions will improve.

  • The domestic students shall be exposed to a more diverse peer group .
  • Indian students will also get greater International exposure culminating in enhanced interest of Indian students to study in the country.
     SOURCES:   PIB | Study in India and Stay in India Scheme | UPSC



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