Overseas Centre for Foreign Students: (OCFS)

      Under the guidance of Department of Higher Education, an Overseas Centre for Foreign Students has been set up under KSHEC to globalise education in the State. As part of the Smart-KEY (Karnataka Education Yardstick), ICT infrastructure is being provided at higher education institutions in a phased manner. OCFS is for creating an enabling platform for developing global citizens, attracting more international students to create a rich, multi-cultural study and knowledge sharing environment. Such initiatives will further assist international students to enjoy enhanced benefits, peaceful ambiance, improved pedagogy, affordable fee structure, cultural diversity and a great experience in Karnataka. At the macro level, it will involve embracing new global partnerships and harnessing technology, to offer Indian students access the best teaching and pedagogy from all over the world

      OCFS will act as a liaison between foreign students, the Heads of various local Universities, Heads of Colleges and Institutions affiliated under the Department of Higher Education as well Government agencies, Heads of Consulates, Embassy's and their education counselors, International agencies and Foundations, Indian Missions/Embassy's abroad, the Regional Office of Foreign Registration (FRRO), specialized UN Agencies and the World Bank so as to bring in a cohesive approach to internationalization of Higher Education in Karnataka. This will be a nodal organization for promotion of Universities across Karnataka.

       OCFS will put in place certain systems, which could well be termed 'best practices' in collaboration with all the Universities and stakeholders in order to ensure that the international students' community in the state enjoys the benefit of knowledge and cultural sharing so as to build a strong future for themselves. The aim of the Centre is to monitor and see that the higher education that is provided in Karnataka will be a sought after professional experience for the international student thereby ensuring the growth of this community in Karnataka year on year. To this end, all Universities in the state will each have a Nodal Officer to fully concentrate on these broad aspects as shown below:

    Ensuring that a Committee of Universities is formed along with OCFS to participate in Seminars/Forums/ Symposiums/Exhibitions locally and internationally to promote, assess and recruit.

    Ensuring that the admission process is streamlined, transparent and that necessary orientation programs are regularly conducted for all international students.

    Ensuring that the International Student has a valid Identity Card with details of Passport,Visa, Institutional Affiliation and Contact Information.

    Ensuring that the Universities will host International Cultural Evenings in different locations in the University and at other cultural forums in the city from time to time.

    Ensuring to maintaining a database on all international students.

    Ensuring that specially designed courses in Asian and European languages, soft skills, literature, performing arts, sports meet, open house events, mentoring workshops are being conducted in the Universities in collaboration with various departments regularly. This will help in developing global perspectives at the University faculty level, transnational awareness and intercultural competence will need to become an essential part of an institution's mission, articulated and realized with specific actions at the department level in coursework and extra-curricular possibilities.

    Ensuring that Universities across have an active alumni association.