Scholarship program backed by the government for higher studies in Turkey is gaining popularity among the Indian students as Turkey continues to emerge as one of the popular destinations for studies.
The "Turkiye Scholarships" program is specifically designed for the international students and is one of the most extensive scholarship programs out there.
Alone in 2016, the Turkey received as many as 122,000 applications from international students from 175 countries, according to the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities, which is responsible for the Turkiye Scholarships.
Over 100 Indian students have received this scholarship since 2012.
"I belong to a farmer's family from south India. It was unthinkable for people like me to come here to Turkey and get a high-quality education. I applied to 'Turkeye scholarships' and I was accepted," said Mustafa Ujampaaly, a PhD student at Ankara University, in a statement.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "We embrace students from all over the world coming to Turkey". He was
recently in India.
"There is a misconception propagated by the media that being a Muslim country, Indian students of other religions may face difficulty many restrictions. But I am living here, it feels really awesome to be here nice place," said Kanika Walia who is pursuing PhD in communications from Gazi University.
The scholarships are offered in various disciplines which include courses for undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs.
Students who do not speak Turkish are given one year free training in Turkish language and after the successful completion of the course are allowed to pursue the course at the university they have registered with.
This program also aims at enhancing the Turkey's relation with other countries in the field of higher education.
"It is a very good thing to be in Turkey. I had always dreamed of studying abroad and never dreamed that I could study in Turkey. I was accepted after I applied to the government-funded 'Turkiye Scholarships' of the Turkish Prime Ministry (YTB)," said Navaz Kuttakkaren, a BA student from Kerala at Ankara University.