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New Delhi: To expand the academic horizons, it is decided between the officials of HRD and External Affairs ministries, to hold the IIT examinations abroad.

It is a foray by the IITs in foreign lands, to attract more international students and increase their all round standards.

Though the IIT examinations were conducted even before, for the NRIs in other countries, it is the first time such a thing is happening. The meeting held, zeroed down on the SAARC members, Ethiopia, Singapore and Dubai (UAE). Apparently this is the list of nations were the entrance examinations will be taking place.

The selection process for the foreign nationals will be looked over by the IITs with the aid of the Indian missionaries in those countries.

The fee applicable to them will be more than what is charged to the people of India. The officials also informed that the addition of the seats for the foreigners will not be of any threat to the Indians as the nature of the extension is supernumerary.

MAE also decided to facilitate the foreign students with the research visa for the whole period of the program.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will be the nodal agency acting on the behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The outreach program will begin from August of this year.

IIT Mumbai has been asked to provide with the crucial material which will include the information for the tests, questions and FAQs. While the institute director, Khakhar has already prepared a report detailing the procedures and is on the way to map out an exhaustive plan for conducting JEE and GATE examinations abroad.

The plan will begin its operation from 2017 onwards. (Inputs from agencies)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

Indian cuisine in FIFA World cup
Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)