Admissions to Engineering programmes in India are much sought after. International students as well as children of Indians settled abroad also aspire to study engineering in India.
A scheme under the Ministry of Human Resources and Development aims to facilitate admissions for foreign nationals, PIO’s, NRI’s as well as Children of Indian Workers in Gulf to the NITs, IIITs, SPAs and other Centrally Funded & Premier Technical Institutes.
These top engineering institutions like NIT’s and IIIT’s have reserved seats for NRI’s and Children of Indians Working in Gulf (CIWG) under DASA (Direct Admission of Students Abroad). Under the DASA scheme, the aspirants do not have to go through the admission process that the resident aspirants go through. They are selected on the basis of their SAT scores. The total number of seats across all the courses and institutions are 2350. A total of 66 undergraduate programmes are available for NRI and CIWG candidates aspiring to pursue higher education in India. DASA for NIT’s in India is preferred by aspirants residing abroad as they do not have to go through a separate exam procedure.
According to a Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) report, about 36,605 foreign students opted to pursue undergraduate programmes in India in 2015–16. As many as 9000 of these are foreign students who are pursuing different engineering programmes in institutions across India.
According to the recently released NIRF India rankings 2018, the National Institutes of Technology have fared well and rank among the top 100 institutes in India.
NIRF India Rankings 2018: To NITs and DASA seats
National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli
National Institute of Technology Rourkela
National Institute of Technology Surathkal
National Institute of Technology Warangal
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology
National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra
National Institute of Technology Durgapur
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology
National Institute of Technology Calicut
Malviya National Institute of Technology
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology
Aspirants abroad taking the DASA scheme for NIT’s get to pursue their choice of programme and course. Programmes under DASA for NITs are numerous as they offer an array of undergraduate courses to overseas applicants.
UG Subjects offered under DASA scheme
Food Processing and Technology
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Mathematics and Computing
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
Industrial and Production Engineering
Polymer Science & Chemical Technology
Information & Communication Technology
Computer Science and Engineering
Instrumentation and Control Engineering
Electronics System Engineering
DASA Important Dates
For admission under the DASA-UG scheme aspirants have to apply by June 11, 2018. The last date for sending their SAT subject score to MNNIT Allahabad is also June 11, 2018.
The other important dates are listed below.
Submission of online application
April 10 - June 11, 2018
Last date for receipt of SAT Subject Test Score
June 11, 2018
First round of Seat Allotment
June 24, 2018
Confirmation by candidates who have been allotted a seat in Round 1
June 24 -27, 2018
Second Round of Seat Allotment
June 30, 2018
Confirmation by candidates who have been allotted a seat in Round 2
June 30 - July 03, 2018
Third Round of Seat Allotment
July 06, 2018
Confirmation by candidates who have been allotted a seat in Round 3
July 06 - 09, 2018
Choice refilling and new applicants registration (If payment is made by SWIFT then it should be paid by 05th July 2018)
July 10 - 13, 2018
Fourth Round of Seat Allotment
July 17, 2018
Confirmation by candidates who have been allotted a seat in Round 4
July 17 - 20, 2018
Reporting to allotted Institutes by candidates who have been allotted a seat in Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4
July 21 - 26, 2018
Announcement of vacant seat matrix for Spot round
July 29, 2018
Choice refilling and new applicants registration for Spot Round (If payment is made by SWIFT then it should be paid by 29th July 2018)
July 30 - August 01, 2018
Spot Round against vacant seats & Spot Round Allotment
August 03, 2018
Reporting to allotted Institutes by candidates who have been allotted a seat in Spot Round
August 04 - 08, 2018
The application submission is to be done in two equally important stages:
Online application – Candidates are required to first apply online at the DASA website. The required documents are to be scanned and uploaded on the website (https://www.dasanit.org)
Note: Candidates should not send any hard copy of the application or the documents.
SAT subject test score – Candidates should send their SAT subject score to MNNIT Allahabad through College Board, USA (Institute Code 7563)
Documents to be submitted along with the online application
For admission under DASA for NIT, the documents are to be submitted as scanned copies. The candidates should ensure that their name should be exactly the same in the passport, qualifying exam and SAT score. The following documents are to be submitted:
Student’s Passport (Citizens of Nepal who do not have a passport, are required to submit a copy of Authenticated Citizenship Card).
Date of birth certificate (Secondary Education Board / University Certificate [Class X or equivalent] or any certificate issued by the Government authorities).
Mark Sheet of 10th, 11th and 12th (or) Equivalent examination(s).
Certificate from School authorities (in the format given in Appendix-II on letter head of the school) as proof of completion of 11th and 12th Standard or equivalent.
Proof of last 2 years of education in foreign country in case of NRI (School leaving certificate/Mark sheets/Study Certificate as in appendix IV).
Details and proof of fee payment in case of payment by SWIFT transfer.
# In case, 12th standard or equivalent is not completed yet, the candidate has to give an undertaking in the online application.
Fee structure under DASA Scheme
The fee structure for categories under the DASA scheme are different, the aspirants are required to pay Registration Fee and First Semester Tuition Fee as under:
Registration Fee (Non-Refundable)
Tuition Fee (1st Semester only)
Total Amount paid along with the Application Form
US $ 300/-
INR 62,500/- + US $ 300/-
US $ 300/-
US $ 4000/-
US $ 4300/-
US $ 300/-
US $ 2000/-
US $ 2300/-