India on Thursday announced a three-year visa for Bangladeshi students willing to study in the country under a newly signed bilateral agreement, stated a media report. A revised travel deal was signed during the
July 13-15 visit of Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, to Dhaka under which the student visa has been relaxed.
A report published in the The Indian Express quoted Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, as saying while inaugurating a two-day education fair in Dhaka, “Bangladeshi students wishing to study in India and their parents will get three-year visas immediately after their enrolments”. A lot of Bangladeshi students take admissions in Indian universities every year in varied courses.
The report further quoted Shringla as saying, “India is an important destination for higher education. It has more than 800 universities and 3,800 colleges, and is the second largest English speaking country in the world and offers world-class higher education with modern facilities. Over 1.4 million visas were issued in 2017, which was double the previous year.”
During Rajnath Singh’s recent visit to Dhaka, India inaugurated its biggest visa centre there. Under the ‘Study in India’ scheme — initiated by India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development– 19,000 seats are offered to foreign students in the 100 best universities of the country. There are about 9,500 fee waivers or scholarships under this scheme. India offers 200 scholarships to Bangladesh nationals under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) programme.