As part of the mission – Study In India (SII), powered by The Ministry Of Human Resource Department (MHRD), the National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the first-ever Indian Scholastic Assessment (Ind-SAT). It was on 22 July 2020 for the foreign national students seeking admission under various Under Graduate, Post Graduate and PhD Programmes in India.
SAT and TOEFL are the most common as well as popular English Proficiency Tests conducted twice a year; one for the spring session and second for the fall session. The scores of these tests are accepted in most of the foreign universities around the world. In a one of its kind initiative, MHRD came up with a well-planned structure and format for assessing foreign national students.
The initiative saw a registration of about 20,000 students from around the globe. Nevertheless, due to the pandemic, the number of students who took the test was less. These countries include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mauritius, Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The test was conducted online, and the participation was encouraging nonetheless.
Objectives of the Study In India Project
- The project, powered by MHRD, mainly aims to provide scholarships to foreign national students seeking admission under various courses in India.
- The test was conducted to assess the grasping capacity and general aptitude of students.
- This was done to know how well an international student will be able to adapt to the new curriculum.
- Earlier, student visas were issued for courses like the study of Yoga, Vedic culture, and Indian system of dance and music, as these courses are top-rated in the Western world.
- Through this initiative, a myriad of other courses has been incorporated like BA/MA, B.Sc/M.Sc, B.Pharm/M.Pharm, BBA/MBA, and many more
- Fee Waivers are also being provided by the Government of India to encourage the participation of students from across the globe.
- Quality Education is kept at the focal point under this project.
Documents Required to Issue Student Visa:
- Passport with a validity of at least six months.
- Passport size photographs. The background should be preferably white or light in colour. The candidate should be formally dressed.
- Residential address proof.
- Photocopy of the passport.
- University admission letter.
- Copy of the online filled form from the University.
- Details of the University in which the student wants to take admission.
- The issued visa shall be valid for 5 years. However, it can be extended depending upon the duration of the course.
Ind-SAT was conducted in an online mode. The duration of the test was 90 minutes and contained 120 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The candidates were tested on areas such as -Verbal, Quantitative, and Logical Reasoning. In order to acclimatize the students with the pattern of the question paper, NTA conducted a mock test on 16 July 2020.
The answer key for the same has been released on the official website studyinindia.gov.in. The result of Ind-SAT is still awaited. Candidates are advised to regularly check the official website for further updates and information on essential aspects like tuition fees, fee waivers, scholarships, and how to apply for the student visa.