The grandiose plan to create a central database of foreign students in India is moving at a slow pace with the sensitisation of colleges admitting foreign students yet to take off even as the deadline of March 31 approaches.

Several colleges admitting foreign students in the State have not been approached by the officials concerned so far though a meeting of the universities and private educational agencies was held at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) last month.

Since affiliated colleges were in large number under the Osmania University, officials decided to sensitise the colleges individually but they have not been approached so far, admitted varsity officials.

The sensitisation of varsities and colleges is a part of Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) effort to create a central database of foreign students to monitor their activities and enhance security. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) developed the necessary software.

The deadline was set for March 31 for all the districts though initially the project was launched covering Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and a few others. As part of the project every institute admitting foreign nationals should get registered online with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO), under MHA.

Each institution will be given a used ID and password using which the information of students has to be uploaded.

Institutions will have to provide periodic information about the student and also record their entry and exit from the institutions.

The Director of Osmania University Foreign Relations Officer (UFRO), C. Venugopala Rao, said that (FRROs) did guide them on the registration norms and the process of uploading the information will begin within a few days.

March 31 deadline set for colleges admitting foreign nationals to register online with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers