Your desire of getting a degree from India does not mean that you have to burn a hole in your pocket. One of the least expensive countries among the top offering higher education courses, Indian universities are the cheapest because the government funds a range of education streams.
While Indian classical music, dance, and philosophy continue to attract foreign students -- and many spend years learning the nuances in the country – the Indian government offers a wide range of scholarships. Specifically aimed at foreign students, information about these scholarships is available with the Indian diplomatic missions abroad. Among these are the General Cultural Scholarship Scheme (GCSS), the Cultural Exchange Programme, Commonwealth Fellowship Plan, Reciprocal Scholarships Scheme, Technical Cooperation Scheme of the Colombo Plan, SAARC Fellowship Scheme, Apasaheb Pant Scholarship Scheme, ICCR Scholarship Scheme, Craft Instructors Scheme, Scholarship Scheme for Sri Lanka and Mauritius, and many more.
Scholarships under the General Cultural Scholarship Scheme (GCSS) are meant for certain Asian, African and Latin American countries for undergraduate, postgraduate degrees and for research at Indian universities. Students from countries like Afghanistan, Barbados, Botswana, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Syria, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe among others can apply.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) also awards scholarships to international students for studying, training and research in various fields. Details can be had from the ICCR.
Scholarships and fellowships are offered annually under the Commonwealth Fellowship Plan mainly for postgraduate studies. In fact, short duration scholarships are also available under this scheme for scholars wishing to collect material for conducting research projects at home.
For those who want to study Indian Classical Music, Indian Classical Dance, Painting, Sculpture, Drama and Indian Languages, the Reciprocal Scholarships Scheme is there. As for students from Asian countries, scholarships are awarded under the Technical Cooperation Scheme of the Colombo Plan. These scholarships are for undergraduate, post-graduate, and research towards a Ph.D. degree. At the undergraduate level, a few scholarships are also available for engineering degrees or diploma courses.
As the name suggests, the SAARC Fellowship Scheme promotes interaction among students, scholars, academicians from SAARC countries. A number of fellowships and scholarships are offered annually to nationals from SAARC member countries to pursue studies in Economics, Education, Environment, Agriculture, Mass Communication, Language and Literature, Sociology, Transport Engineering, Applied Economics, Master of Business Administration Programme, Biochemistry, Social Work, Food Technology and Home Science.