Mysore: Lockdown and other restrictions due to Covid-19 have affected the admissions of foreign students to the University of Mysore. So, this year just 50 students enrolling for courses up to now. On average, the varsity admits 700 foreign students to UG, PG, and PhD courses every year across 50 countries. The University of Mysore has received 2000 online applications from foreign candidates and it issued 800 provisional admission certificates that comprise 400 for UG and 300 for PG. Only 50 turned up for admissions and there is a hope at least 350 students will arrive. UoM rules mandate the Physical presence of candidates during the time of admissions and the varsity says these regular courses can’t be offered in online mode.
The UG courses for this academic year will be started in June-July and the PG courses will be started in August and September. Admissions have been late due to Covid controls and varsity officials will meet to confer plans to cover the first-semester backlog after the registration procedure is complete.
Most of the students applying for seats were from Afghanistan and China. After the outbreak, all the Chinese students returned home, and 79 Afghan students stayed back due to political turmoil back home. The Centre has extended their visas and plans to offer scholarships to help them to continue their studies.