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Foreign students, who are selected to the coveted Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) through JEE (Advanced) or GATE exams will have to pay an annual fee of Rs 6 lakh per year. According to officials in the HRD ministry, the issue was discussed in a meeting of the IIT council and as per the decision taken the annual tuition fee has been fixed at Rs 6 lakh per annum while suitable scholarships may be provided in certain basis. In a bid to attract more international talent, the IITs for the first time are planning to hold their entrance tests in Singapore, UAE, Ethiopia and Saarc nations, except Pakistan next year to select foreign students for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Fees for Indian students at the IITs were earlier this year increased from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2 lakh.