International Education Day: Engineering, diverse cultural experience attract foreign students to India


Twenty-one-year-old Rhythm Patel, a Qatari resident of Indian origin, selected India to research laptop sciences after ending faculty. Patel says he had gives from universities within the US and Canada however the high quality of training right here was a clinching issue for him. He selected IIIT-Delhi for B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering. “Contrary to public opinion, some colleges in India have a very good quality of education. If one graduates from a top institute in India like IITs, IIITs, and NITs, it also opens many doors for securing a job,” Patel tells

Promising ‘quality education’ at an affordable value as in contrast to different nations, engineering training in India appears to be a most popular alternative for foreign students, particularly from South Asian nations. According to the Education Ministry’s newest AISHE report, the variety of foreign students in India has gone up from 6,988 in 2000 to 47,427 within the educational yr 2018-19. Much like Indian students, engineering and medication programs are in style amongst foreign students.

Course-wise, BTech is essentially the most most popular alternative, with the gender ratio, nevertheless, remaining skewed in favour of male students. BTech is adopted by BBA, BSc, BA, and MBBS programs. Like with Indian students, within the medication stream, enrolment of feminine students is larger for foreign students too; with 58.92 per cent of complete foreign enrolments within the stream being that of ladies.

The current employability report by the Times Higher Education (THE) reported that India is amongst one of many largest research locations for foreign students due to the ’employability’ issue it gives. The report additionally claimed that conventional foreign locations such because the US and the UK are struggling to “compete in terms of value for money” with these youthful nations. Students and their mother and father are motivated by the flexibility to get a job moderately than the model, as per the report, and within the coming decade, universities may have to give attention to their employability extra.

Atal Zadran, an Afghanistan nationwide, studied BCA from Bangalore University. Like Patel, he had the choice of learning in every other European nation however he determined to research in India. After securing excessive grades in BCA, he obtained a job in his personal nation. Three years in the past when Zadran needed to pursue larger research, he determined to return right here. Apart from the “updated MCA curriculum”, he says he prefers India as a result of it gives “peace of mind” and a “cultural familiarity”.

Non-STEM programs not as in style

India is the favorite vacation spot for students from Africa, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. As per the Education Ministry information, Nepal sends essentially the most variety of students to India.

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Desmond Papa Wusu Mill, a 23-year-old pupil from Ghana, is in his second yr of Mass Communication at Lovely Professional University (LPU), Punjab. But his first alternative was engineering as a result of he had heard vastly about India’s fame as an rising IT big. It was throughout his engineering diploma right here that he found his curiosity in a course in public relations.  “During my keep right here in India, regardless of preliminary changes to adapt to the tradition, I might simply work together with individuals regardless of us having totally different accents in English.

Cultural Mix a USP

Mazharul Miraz, a 24-year-old Bangladeshi pupil at LPU says that India provides an “experience of not just studying in a country but a united entity with multiple countries”.

“India is a combination of multiple countries. It has such a diversity in terms of languages, cultures, and cuisines that I have learned a lot of management and public dealing skills along with my engineering degree. When I had joined I was a bit scared because people from different parts of the nation have entirely different viewpoints, but they all deal with each other very nicely. This cultural experience helped in giving me a well-rounded experience,” he mentioned.

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Shahid Nawaz Khan, a resident of Kuwait and a B.Tech pupil from IIIT-Delhi, says there’s an atmosphere of competitiveness right here which drives “me to achieve my full potential”. “Having been brought up in a very protective environment in Kuwait, moving to any other country at that time seemed like a daunting task, and coming to India was not such a big step. My parents were a little skeptical about the pollution in Delhi,” says Khan.

Gopal Rizal, a 34-year-old Bhutanese pupil pursuing PhD in nanotechnology at IIT-Guwahati, claims that he had to transfer his courses on-line due to the pandemic shortly after he had began learning right here. Even as his educational research are persevering with on-line, he says that culturally he had discovered rather a lot.

“Ever since I took admission at IIT-Guwahati, the Covid-19 pandemic led to switch the teaching and learning process to online mode. During my short stay in India, I started to learn how people from cultural and ethnic diversities work together here. I aim to embrace these qualities of Indian citizens and work in building my own country after the completion of my study here. I would also like to collaborate with the friends and the professors of IIT-G to build a strong scientific temper among the youth of Bhutan.”

Are there considerations over girls’s security?

Masoda Khairzada, a 33-year-old Afghan nationwide and a PhD fellow on the chemical engineering division of IIT-Madras, headed again residence due to the lockdown however can not wait to come again and “walk freely on Tamil Nadu’s lush green roads”.

Like many different feminine foreign students, Khairzada too had apprehensions about learning in India however was shocked by the sense of safety she was supplied right here.

“I really miss working in the lab. I want to go back to labs and perform my experiments but I also miss walking on roads with its green and fresh environment. Chennai really impressed me with its security. When I was in Afghanistan, I was a little worried about staying in Chennai because I was the only Afghan student in IIT-M. However when I lived in Chennai it has started to feel like my second home,” mentioned Khairzada who has labored as a lecturer at Jawzjan University in Afghanistan.

Bangladesh’s Swarna Roy too was skeptical of learning in India. “There was a myth about India that it is not very safe for girls and the system is not women-friendly, but I have found myself completely safe and comfortable during my whole journey in India.” mentioned the 25-year-old pupil of IIT-Guwahati.

Hemlita Mondal, one other MTech pupil at IIT-M remembers, “I heard about alarmingly growing rape cases in India. So, I was worried about women’s safety there.” However, it was the nation’s ever-increasing technological training that had made her choose it as her research vacation spot.


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