The Government has announced that Ireland is on track to more than double the number of Indian students coming to Ireland to pursue third-level education by the end of 2014.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said Enterprise Ireland's strategy is to increase the number of Indian students to over 5,000 over the next five years.

He said this would generate income from fees of around €50m, with a further €50m spent in the economy on accommodation and living expenses.

There has been a 120% increase this year in applications from Indians seeking to study in Ireland.

Mr Burton made the announcement during a five-day trade mission to India.