Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2017 was organised for the first time at overseas locations. The main objective of IITs was to attract foreign research students. Therefore, IITs decided to hold GATE 2017 in various foreign cities. However, the idea of IITs proved to be unreasonable as very few applicants registered and appeared for GATE 2017 examination, which was held in the second week of February.
According to sources, only 254 students took the GATE 2017 examination, which was conducted jointly by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The examination was held in six foreign cities, which include Singapore, Kathmandu, Dubai, Dhaka, Colombo and Addis Ababa. Surprisingly, only two students appeared for GATE 2017 examination in the Ethiopian capital city, Addis Ababa. However, 9.23 lakh students took GATE 2017 examination in India for the admission to M.Tech and Ph.D. course.
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One of the professors of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi was of the opinion that GATE 2017 received few examinees from overseas due to less time to prepare for the examination. The decision to hold GATE 2017 in foreign cities was taken in October 2016. Therefore, students were not confident to take the examination, as they did not get much time to prepare.
Devang Khakhar, Director of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay revealed that GATE examination was conducted for the first time in foreign cities and many students might have been unaware about the examination. Therefore, more publicity must be done about the examination so that it could draw the attention of more examinees in the coming two to three years.
Additionally, Jawaharlal Nehru University or JNU also conducted entrance examination in Kathmandu and Dhaka. The varsity also grants direct admission to some foreign students as per their academic record. One of the officials of JNU explained that they have more takers for Humanities and Social Sciences.