The International Students’ Fair of Delhi University was held on 5th November, 2019 in the Viceregal Lodge. Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan was the Chief Guest. Director General, ICCR, Shri Akhilesh Mishra graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Yogesh K. Tyagi presided over the function. The event was well attended by some Ambassadors and representatives of various diplomatic missions. The event included a cultural extravaganza where students showcased their diverse cultures through dance, music, and stalls depicting their regions.
The Hon’ble Minister delivered an inspiring keynote address to a packed auditorium. He began by congratulating the students on their admission. He called attention to the role of universities as strategic partners in the mandate of the government’s quest for internationalization. He appreciated Delhi University’s efforts in this through their large enrollment of international students and also reaching out to the international academic fraternity through collaborative programmes, research networks, student exchanges and other channels. He also recognized the university’s progress in alternate methods of education for social inclusivity. The Minster highlighted the various scholarships schemes of the Government of India, including the one by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) administered by his ministry. He wished the students an enriching experience and also emphasized that the best way to experience the diversity of India is by taking opportunities to travel and enjoy the cultural variety.
The Hon’ble Minister launched the admission portal for the next academic session.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Yogesh K. Tyagi in his message, welcomed the international student community and lauded their spirit of camaraderie and enthusiasm. He assured them of the university’s commitment for their welfare. He further stressed on the need for an all-round development and their responsibilities to society and to their alma mater.
Dean, Foreign Students’ Registry of the University, Prof. Shyama Rath mentioned that the number of registrations, both through the online portal of the university and applications through ICCR, was more than 8000 and that there had been a 20% increase in admissions in the academic year 2019-20 as compared to the previous year. She also highlighted the challenges that came with increasing numbers and diversity. She congratulated the international student community of the university students on their co-ordination and co-operation in the event