The number of foreign students enrolling in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has hit a record low. In 1997, AMU enrolled 747 international students from approximately 37 countries. The university had about 800 students before COVID, but now there are only 228 international students representing 21 countries on the AMU campus.

AMU claims that the numbers have plummeted due to unfavorable international conditions and the panic and chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, during the peak of the coronavirus last year, the university reported several deaths, including the deaths of 17 professors within 18 days.

AMU International Student Cell Advisor S. Ali Nawaz Zaidi is in constant touch with international students who wish to study at AMU. Zaidi listens to their concerns.

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Zaidi said that when he spoke to the students, they said that the fees at AMU were higher compared to some private institutions. Zaidi said that AMU had revised the fee structure last year and now it has been revised upwards. So this is also a problem with students.

“We have increased our fees because we have to strengthen our financial conditions. We also need to improve the quality of our education in our campus and therefore we are not paying much attention to increase only the number of students in AMU. That is why we are talking to students,” he said.

“The university is only now fully open after a two-year break. Although we expected the number of international students to decrease after COVID-19, because the pandemic has had a devastating effect on political and economic conditions around the world,” said Zaidi.

Zaidi said the number of international students has decreased in recent years, and the campus is currently accepting admissions for the 2022-23 academic year, and we hope to see an increase in the number of international students this year.

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