Foreign students willing to study in Calcutta University can now apply online, Vice Chancellor Asutosh Ghosh said on Thursday.
Moreover, for their study and research, a hotel of international standard will be constructed.
At present, there are 100 foreign students in CU. Every year many students send mail to the university authorities expressing their willingness to join but many of them could not be given admission because of infrastructural constraints, admitted the Vice Chancellor.
The students intending to join PhD programme have to appear for a test. But they are not given Visa unless they produce an admission letter.
Moreover, till now the admission fee could not be deposited on line. In addition to giving them the facility to take admission online, five per cent seats will be reserved for foreign students, Ghosh said.
The CU will set up a hostel of international standard at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore. The foreign students will have the option of cooking their food in the kitchen attached to the room.
The kitchen will be equipped with micro oven, gas oven. The hostel will have indoor game facility, a lobby where they watch television, a library.
Soma Mukhopadhyay, Registrar of the University said that many students from China, France and
Germany express their willingness to join the certificate courses.
They want to study Bengali, Hindi and Urdu and translate Bengali literature into their mother tongue. Mukhopadhyay said Florant Reliver who is a French student has been admitted to CU. He will study Urdu and will carry out research in the language.
Moreover, Leela Miran, a German student has approached the University and expressed her willingness to study Hindi. Mukhopadhyay said that more students would come to CU once the online admission system was introduced. In the past, many world famous scholars like JBS Halden and Patrick Geddes had taught at CU. Many foreign students had come to ISI during the time of PC Mahalanobis.