Andhra Pradesh issues new guidelines to study abroad

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The government of Andhra Pradesh recently announced some new guidelines under the Videshi Vidya Deevena scheme for students planning to study abroad. Under these guidelines, the state plans to help students belonging to certain sections to pursue higher education in foreign institutions.

The guidelines emphasise meritorious students and are even applicable for poor students belonging to ‘forward’ castes. Students under the age of 35 whose parents’ annual income is below ₹8 lakh are eligible for this scheme.

QS top 200 universities to be covered under the scheme

The state will take the responsibility of expenditure of the students who have already secured seats in the first 200 universities in QS World University Rankings. Students with admission in the top 100 universities will be eligible for full fee reimbursement while those with admission to universities ranking between 100 to 200 will get tuition fee reimbursement upto Rs. 50 lakhs.

The reimbursement will be done in 4 instalments into the bank accounts of the students. First will be released on getting the landing permit or I-94 card, second on the declaration of first semester results, third after the second semester results, and fourth after the third or final year 

PhD and MBBS students will get reimbursed annually or semester-wise until the completion of their course.

This scheme only applicable to the students of Andhra Pradesh. Also only one student from a family can avail this benefit.

Notification will be issued to identify eligible students

The state government plans to issue a notification identifying eligible students who can opt study abroad between September and December every year. The process will again be repeated between January and May intake. The students will get selected by the committee formed by the Andhra Pradesh chief secretary.

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