Inception and Activities
- The International Students Centre (ISC) of Sardar Patel University was founded in the academic year 2004-05 through a University Circular No.D-E/10/1197 dated 29.5.2004 with the twin objectives of (a) assisting the International Student Community by providing information about the various courses offered, admission procedure, eligibility criteria, fee to be charged etc, and (b) arranging for their admissions, helping them settle down quickly and happily in their studies, and taking care of their welfare.
- The University attracts quite a good number of foreign students every year. The fact that the cost of living and education in Vallabh Vidyanagar is easily manageable is an additional reason for international scholars joining this University for studies.
- Since its inception, the ISC coordinates all the activities related to the admission of international students through a Single Window System. It coordinates with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), and with different Embassies and Consulates for various purposes including assisting the international students to obtain Student or Research Visa, Scholarships etc.
- Professor H J Jani of GH Patel Postgraduate Institute of Business Management (MBA Department) and Professor AVRL Narsimhacharya of the Department of Biosciences in the University were the first two Advisors who led the ISC ably from 29.05.2004 to 22.08.2006.
- During their tenure, Professor Narsimhacharya was deputed by the University to represent the University in the Higher Education Fair organised by the UGC, New Delhi in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, and the late Professor R Prabhakar was assigned by the University to represent the University in the Fair organised by the UGC, New Delhi in Sudan under its PIHED Programme in 2004-05. Professor H J Jani was sent by the University to represent the University in such a Fair organised in Mauritius in 2005-06.
- Dr J H Khan of the Department of English in the University (www.javedspu.net) was appointed and took over as Honorary Director with effect from 23.08.2006.
- The ISC handled a total of 32 international scholars in 2004-05, most of whom were ICCR-Awardees. These included 07 Chinese, 05 Kenyan, 04 Thai, 02 Qatari’s, and 01 scholar each from the USA, Ghana, Mongolia, and Sudan. The following academic year 2005-06, the number of international scholars, most of whom were ICCR Awardees, was 29 including 09 Nepalese, 06 Kenyan, 06 Thai, 02 Iraqi, 02 US scholars, and 01 scholar each from the Mozambique, Ghana, Mongolia, and Sudan. The numbers for both these years include NRI students also.
- The ISC handled 26 international scholars in the academic year 2006-07 including 09 Iraqis, 06 Nepalese, 02 Yemenis, 02 Mongolians, and 01 scholar each Thailand, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and Philippines respectively. Most of these are ICCR Awardees, and have been accommodated in the University Staff Colony, Vallabh Vidyanagar.
- The ISC handled a total of 28 international scholars in academic year 2007-08, these included 10 Iraqis, 10 Thais, 03 Nepalese, 02 Portuguese, 02 Sudanese, 01 Guyanese respectively. The following Academic Year 2008-09 number of international scholars was including 01 Guyanese, 06 Iraqis, 01 Mongolians, 07 Nepalese, 01 Sudanese, 19 Thais, 01 Yemeni. The number for both these years include NRI students also.
- The ISC handled 39 international scholars in the academic year 2009-10 including 06 Iraqis, 07 Nepalese, 06 Yemenis, 01 Sudanese, and 25 Thais. Most of these are ICCR Awardees, and have been accommodated in the University Staff Colony, Vallabh Vidyanagar.
- The following academic year 2010-11, the details of International students from different countries is as follows :
01- Iraq, 06-Nepal, 01-Syrian, 02-Yemen, 02-Thailand