India announces three-year visa for Bangladeshi students

The Government of India has announced a three-year visa for Bangladeshi students who are willing to study in the country under a newly signed bilateral agreement.

The students will immediately get a minimum three-year visa, said Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh. Shringla said Bangladeshi students wishing to study in India and their parents will get three-year visas immediately after their enrollments.

A good number of Bangladeshi students take admissions in Indian universities every year for studies at different levels and in varied courses. “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,” he said.

Over 1.4 million visas were issued in 2017, which was double the previous year. Under the Study in India scheme — initiated by India’s Ministry of Human Resouce 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 programme, reports TNIE.