International Student Support Cell
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV), Deemed to be University(Accredited with A Grade by NAAC), Pondicherry caters to the needs of NRI/ Foreign students through SBV International Student Support Cell (ISSC). This cell extends meet and greet service to international students, health and welfare provisions, conflict of resolution, counseling services, etc. for facilitating their stay that would be synonymous with memorable experiences.
SBV International Student Support Cell (ISSC) also would handle the inbound international students including exchangeprograms. Besides, the SBV-ISSCwould guide the overseas students in various facets including visa assistance, travel, hostel accommodation, personal wellbeing etc. The cell would particularly assist the International students to comfortably go through the various processes including online registration (C Form & S Form, etc. as notified by the Government of India) as well as facilitate their visit to the local FRRO office and guide them through the FRRO formalities and requirements.
This cell would also promote camaraderie and cultural understanding through interactive events and sessions.
Services of the Cell
- Meet and greet service for international students.
- Providing a Mentor
- Facilitating immigration issues.
- Facilitating Information from Registrar’s office in university to obtain the required permit for the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) and required documents.
- Information/ advice on the admission process.
- Information for Visa Application and processing.
- Information on travel and hostel accommodation
- Grievance redressal/Crisis assistance.
- Provision for health and welfare.
- General counseling and advice.
- Promote Cultural understanding through interactive events and diverse activities
CATEGORIES OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Foreign Nationals: Citizens of all countries except Nepal and Bhutan require a Student Visa for the duration of their study. They are requested to contact the nearest Indian Mission / Embassy/ High Commission for obtaining their student / research / internship visa.
Foreign Nationals with Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) status: The students with OCI status do not require a visa or any other formality.
NRI / NRI Sponsored Indian Nationals: NRI / NRI sponsored students do not require any other formalities including visa.
NRI Sponsored Category: A ‘Non – NRI’ candidate may also apply under ‘NRI Sponsored category’, if the candidate fulfills the clause and conditions notified by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India vide its order passed in W.P. (C ) No.689 of 2017 dated 22/08/2017.
Documents to be enclosed
All candidates applying for admissions to UG – Allied Health Science / BPT programs under NRI/ NRI – Sponsored / International category should enclose a self-attested photocopy of the following (Originals to be produced at the time of final admission),
a. 10 th and 12 th Grade mark statement/transcripts.
b. 12 th Grade Diploma Certificate (For Diploma / GCE Level).
c. Transfer Certificate.
d. Conduct Certificate.
e. Migration Certificate.
f. Birth Certificate.
g. Certificate from the appropriate authority to show that the High school (in which the candidate has studied) has been accredited by the state/country concerned.
h. Numerical Conversion of Grade attested by the authority concerned.
i. First page of the Passport containing the photograph of the candidate and also the VISA / OCI Card, if any.
additional documents to be submitted by NRI sponsored candidates
a. Notarized affidavit of the Sponsorer who is an NRI stating that the candidate is his or her relative (Mention the true/exact) relationship and that the sponsorer has already extended financial support to the candidate to pursue his / her studies and the sponsorer agrees to sponsor the entire fees for the programme/course/training to which the candidate has now applied for.
b. A certificate issued by the Indian Embassy to the Sponsorer certifying the Sponsorer’s status as an NRI and indicating his / her employment/occupation details including annual income.
c. A copy of the Passport and Visa of the Sponsorer.
d. A certificate issued by any Gazetted Officer of the State / Central Government of India stating the relationship of the NRI sponsorer with the candidate.
Visa and Admission
The shortlisted International / NRI / NRI Sponsored candidates will be issued a ‘Provisional Admission Letter’ upon the payment of initial / partial fees notified by SBV. The International students should approach the Indian Mission/ Embassy / High Commission in their country for their student/research/internship visa. NRI students are requested to obtain OCI cards as this has lot of benefits related to the number of visits in and out of India.
The International / NRI / NRI Sponsored / OCI candidates are required to adhere to all the immigration norms as notified by the authorities of the Government of India with regards to admissions/stay in India. They are advised to visit www.indianfrro.gov.in for the norms and the latest updates to be followed starting from the entry into India until their final exit after the completion of the course. The SBV International Student Support Cell will assist the above-mentioned students in this regard.
SBV ISSC also will assist the International students to go through the online registration ( C Form & S Form, etc. as notified by the Government of India) process as well facilitate their visit to the local FRRO office and guide them through the FRRO formalities and requirements.
Validation of their educational Qualification gained abroad
SBV adopts and aligns with the Policies and Procedure for equivalence of qualification/degrees of The Association of Indian Universities. Foreign Qualifications will be accepted based on the latest policies and procedures updated as of 30 th June 2015, to ensure maximum mobility of students with minimum procedural hurdles. Further credits awarded by foreign universities can be transferred and / or considered for exemptions as per SBV CBCS policies and procedure.
e-FRRO involves completely online application submission and document upload, for which no facilitation is required by any intermediary/agents etc. The foreign nationals are required to apply online by themselves. It is advised not to believe or fall in the trap of any middlemen/agent that claim speedy/express grant of e-FRRO and charge money for it. For any clarification or doubt, you may contact the FRRO Support Centre (https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/home.jsp).