According to sources, only 3 foreign nationals have been selected including one South African who has got admission in IIT Madras this year.
Last year 10 were selected but they were all Indians who were born outside. Many however did not join.
Sources informed that the numbers are always in single digit, on an average 4-5. Many, even after selection, don’t join.
In the mid 1990s, there used to be direct admissions for foreign students. In the initial years, a good number of such students were selected. But most were not able to cope up with academic pressure.