The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is responsible for collecting international student data. In collaboration with the University Grants Commission, AIU also sets national policies relating to data collection. The AIU is the main source for the student data listed above. Data have been collected on an annual basis up to the present year, 2005. For purposes of collection, an international student is defined as a student from another nationality apart from India. Further data are collected on: field of study; academic level; type of host institution attended; degree/qualification/credential awarded; and sources of student financial support.
University handbooks and other AIU Publications are also published every year and are made available to the public.