India has one of the most advanced infrastructure for higher education. Indian degrees are treated with respect all over the world and professionals who have undertaken higher studies in India have made significant contribution to advanced and applied research in different disciplines all over the world. A number of Indian Institutes for higher studies have come to symbolize academic excellence over these years.
There are three principal qualifying degrees within the Indian higher education system, the Bachelors, Masters and the Doctoral levels. Course duration is normally three, two and three or more years, respectively. Shorter duration diploma courses are also available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Quality education at relatively low cost, variety of courses and close cultural ties between Cambodia and India attract sudents from Cambodia to study in India.
Some government/autonomous organizations manage various aspects of international education and collaborative programmes between institutions in India and abroad. Notable among them are Ministry of Human Resource Development (http://mhrd.gov.in ), and several autonomous institutions including :
Cambodian students keen in seeking admissions in Indian Institutions may access the above websites for guidance and useful information.
Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme
Every year, the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India conducts training courses under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme. The Embassy of India in Phnom Penh has been nominating Cambodians working in various Departments/Ministries, for various courses in India, both civilian and defence, under the ITEC programme.
The courses offered under this programme broadly cover IT & Telecommunications, Management, Small & Medium Enterprises and Rural Development, Banking and Finance etc. Courses on English language and in other specialized and technical fields are also being offered.
Over 40 reputed Indian institutes like Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC), National Institute of Training and Standardization, National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, The English and Foreign Language University, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, The Energy & Research Institute (TERI), to name only a few, are part of this programme.
In 2016-17, 110 slots have been allotted for Cambodian nationals. The details of the courses can be seen at https://www.itecgoi.in/downloads/2016-2017.pdf
The cost of return air-fare and accommodation in India would be borne by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The participants would also be entitled to a Living and Book Allowances during their stay in India.
Interested candidates should be between 25 and 45 years of age and should have basic knowledge of English language, the medium of instruction.
Detailed instructions about ITEC programme can be seen at http://itec.mea.gov.in/?1320?000
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) an autonomous organization of Government of India has the objective of participating in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes relating to India’s external cultural relations and promoting cultural exchange with other countries and peoples among other objectives. It administers scholarship schemes for foreign students for studies in India on an annual basis to international students.
25 scholarships for under-graduate, post-graduate and higher studies in India are available for Cambodian students under the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation programme (10), General Cultural Scholarship Scheme (13) and Cultural Exchange Programme (02) every year.
For any information related to ICCR scholarships, Embassy of India, Phnom Penh can be contacted.
Details of officer handling student related matters in Embassy of India
Mr. N. Sitlhou
Embassy of India
Tel. No. 00-855-23 210 912/913 Fax No.00-855-23 213640
All Cambodian students seeking admission in Indian educational institutions should do due diligence to ensure that the institutions to which they are seeking admission have proper authorization and capacities.
For list of accredited universities, please visit http://www.naac.gov.in/
For list of blacklisted universities, please visit http://www.ugc.ac.in/page/fake-universities.aspx
Apart from travel documents, the students should also carry all required documentation regarding their study plans, housing, financial support, healthcare arrangements etc.
For Student Visa, the University/Educational Institution in India in which admission is sought must be a recognized one. Also, original admission letter of the student has to be sent by the University directly to the Embassy. The student has to submit receipt for payment of fee and also, get his/her original certificates attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kingdom of Cambodia.
Various educational bodies/institutes have been organizing Education Fairs in Cambodia from time to time, with the help of Embassy of India. Last such event, "India Education Fair, Cambodia" was held on 01 & 02 April, 2016 in which 16 Universities from India participated. The focus of the event was to "invite students to study in India under various scholarships". Approximately 200 students and parents attended the event on both days.