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African students want to study Hindi, Sanskrit in DU
Tuesday June 10, 2014 10:59 PM, IANS

With Tuesday being the last day of admissions for foreign students in Delhi University, the varsity has received applications from African students wanting to study Hindi and Sanskrit.

"As we were getting a lot of queries from foreign students this time, we gave an extension twice, and so today (Tuesday) was the last day for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes," said Amrit Kaur Basra, head of foreign registry office at DU.

This time the varsity extended the deadline from March 30 to April 30 and then to June 10.

"With over 2,000 applications from different countries, there are African students who want to study Hindi and do certificate courses in Sanskrit," added Basra.

According to the official data, there are students from almost all African countries coming to DU.

She said that they have also received application from a French student wanting to study Punjabi.

DU reserves five percent seats for African students in all colleges of the varsity and there are 1,500 seats for them in total.

However, there are maximum number of applications from Tibetan students and from Nepal. As an added advantage, certain amount of fees are also waived off for Tibetan students.

According to Basra, Buddhist studies of DU are also very popular among students from Malaysia and Thailand.

With the special Kabul project, the varsity also takes a large number of Afghani students.

There are also separate boy's and girl's hostels for international students.

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