India with its embedded ethos of welcoming foreigners has followed the path of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ thus attracting foreign students for centuries. It is becoming the most preferred destination for International students to pursue their higher education as there is a steep increase of number of International students coming to India over the last few years. Recently, Govt of India has taken an initiative to increasing the enrollment of the number of international students in their universities. The action is called Study in India, an initiative where the government is planning to invest 1500 Million Indian rupees.
Being the second largest English Speaking country in the world, India is expected to supply 47 million skilled talent by 2030 against the projected demand of 56 million in the developed countries. Moreover, by 2030 globally, 1 out of 4 graduates will be a product of the Indian Education System, a report published by Earnest & Young – FICCI.
India is set on becoming a major International Study Hub because of following reasons:
- Rising Economy- Journey to 5 Trillion Economy by 2024: India’s economy continues to surge. Not only do experts predict that it will be the world’s third largest economy by 2030, but is also expected to grow at the rapid rate in the decade ahead. What does this mean for students who choose to study there? A front row seat during a particularly exciting time in history, having opportunities to build global connections, and an inside edge towards understanding the dynamic global business landscape. While India may not currently be the first country that comes to mind when you consider international studies, its star is clearly on the rise. Choosing India as your study abroad destination not only means terrific opportunities right now, but also an invaluable perspective and understanding of the forces that are likely to fuel its progress as we move into the future.
Students can expect to enjoy higher standard of living with far less costs. They can witness the rapid pace of growth and it will be a great learning experience for them. They can be a part of this growth engine and learn the professionalism, competence, and diligence of Indian work pool.
- Top Ranked Universities: The higher education system in India is the third largest in the world, next to the United States and China. India is a popular destination for higher studies for students from around the world as it is home to many reputed and top ranked universities, like IIT’s, IIM’s, JNU, Manipal, Sharda University. Besides top universities, India has thousands of government and private universities & colleges to choose from. Studying in a good institution will obviously enhance a student’s chances of landing a good job after finishing college.
- Student friendly cities in India: Finding a perfect student friendly city in a foreign country is one of the top reasons to study in India. If students decide to take the leap and decide to study abroad in India, they are likely to study in one of the flourished countries having diverse cultural backgrounds. India is home to over 400 cities home to multiple prestigious institutions spread across the nation, a proof of establishment of the enormous country. Each city has its unique traditions, cultures and values to take back home. Few cities like Delhi, Greater Noida, Bangalore and Pune shine among the rest as lucrative study abroad destinations.
- Affordable Tuition fee and cost of living: Studying abroad in a completely different country becomes a major concern for international students and the cost of living in a foreign country can seem daunting to many at first. In a country like India, cost of living with better quality is the last thing to worry about. The cost of education in India is way lower compared to current giant education hubs such as the USA, UK and Australia. According to HSBC report, an average annual tuition fee in India is mere $3000, while an average fee in Australia is over $24,000, $24,500 in the USA and $20,000 in the UK. So, tuition fee in India is not a major obstacle for international students as compared to the Western countries.
- Quality Education: India is a popular choice among international students as it is known for its high quality education & less expensive courses. The standard of teaching at Indian universities &colleges is assessed and graded by government organizations from time-to-time to ensure that the quality benchmarks are met. All institutions follow a set syllabus for every course. Educational bodies that provide recognition to the institute also guide the curriculum and perform reviews on individual departments in an institute. UCG, AICTE, NAAC and other Govt. bodies are there to check the quality of the education.
The Indian Education System is the third largest higher education system in the world. There are many premier universities which can be compared to world’s best Universities. The quality of education in higher learning institutions is similar to that of other international universities and is competitive, even better. Indian universities boast some of the best teachers in the world. The faculty members have great practical experience which is crucial for proper training of students.
The universities also offer a wide range of courses that are unique and relevant in today’s world. You also have the option of taking a traditional course that would help you understand the culture. Microsoft, Google, NASA and other world’s leading companies are being steered by the products of Indian education system. Satya Nadella – CEO of Microsoft, Sundar Pichai – CEO of Google Inc, Ajaypal Singh Banga President & CEO of MasterCard, Rajeev Suri – CEO of Nokia, Indira Nooyi – CEO of Pepsi Co are few of them.
- English being the medium of Instruction: Medium of instruction is a very crucial factor in determining the quality of curriculum and the level of achievement. Every Indian university has English as the medium of instruction and most Indian universities consider a good knowledge of English as a pre-requisite to pursuing academic studies. For the Humanities, Social sciences and Commerce courses, the medium of instruction is both English and regional languages but in case of professional courses, science and technical subjects, English is exclusively used for teaching. Postgraduate education is taught in English in majority of the educational institutes across the country.
For those international students who lack in English language, most colleges and universities conduct special English language and communication courses to improve their English speaking & writing skills. India has the 2nd largest English speaking population in the world and hence it is a place where foreign nationals feel at home.
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Population Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, Washington, DC
- Global networking & Lifetime experience: India is home to one the largest international student population in the world, with over 40,000 students from all corners of the globe arriving each year to seek better education. This makes studying at an Indian university a truly global experience, as you meet and interact with students from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Your classmates will often become your lifelong friends, as well as valuable professional connections that can lead to exciting opportunities after you graduate. And at last, comes the finished product: studying abroad in India will inspire you to travel more, to learn more, and to become the best version of yourself. The connections you make, the experiences you have, the realizations you have will all blend into a piece of yourself that will remain powerfully active as life moves on.
- Indian education will help you progress in future career:- Due to the great reputation of Indian education internationally, Indian degree holders tend to be viewed more favorably by employers than graduates from institutions in other countries. This gives you a huge advantage over other candidates when applying for jobs, making it easier to progress in your future career and giving you access to better, more lucrative positions.
- Gaining experience of Indian Culture will help you climb the global business ladder:As the world’s 5thlargest economy, India is vitally important market for international businesses in a number of sectors, including finance, technology, and manufacturing. As a result, employers are always looking to add people to their teams who are familiar with Indian society and culture. Even if you only spend a short time studying in India, the experience you gain during your time there will still make you a valuable asset to any company looking to do or expand their business in India.
- Practical training & research: India being one of the faster growing economy, the opportunities for practical training related to your field of study are vast. Most colleges and universities have established affiliations with employers and researchers in different fields of study, thereby creating an avenue for students to obtain hands-on and invaluable experience. Many universities even require that students obtain practical training in order to graduate. In many cases, these opportunities are not available anywhere else in the world.
- Industrial Set-Up & Giants in different fields:-India is booming in the field of manufacturing and other IT services. Indian Industries are overtaking the global markets, be it the field of Pharmaceutical & Healthcare or services provided in IT. Indian industries are major exporters in FMCG’s, automobile, Pharma and many other fields. Industries in the field of Renewable Energy, Chemical, Leather, Biotech, Space Science, and Gems & Jewelry are doing great and well renowned across the world. Many Indian companies like TATA motors, Hero, M&M, Dabur, Infosys, Wipro, HCL, Ranbaxy, Apollo Tyres have multi-national setups and are expanding their operations across the globe. The continuous expansion of Indian Industries globally offer ample career opportunities to International students who wish to study in India.
- Notable alumni across the globe:- Indian Education System has always been focusing on Quality education along with the practical exposure. Well-known and notable personages across the globe are alumni of the Indian education system, which itself is a proof of quality education. Some of the notable alumni are;
- Hussain Muhammad Ershad, former President of Bangladesh
- Aung San SuuKyi incumbent State Counsellor of Burma
- Hamid Karzai, former president of Afghanistan
- Bingu Wa Mutharika, former President of Malawi
- Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria
- Sitiveni Rabuka, former PM of Fiji
- Baburam Bhattarai, Former PM of Nepal
- Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, King of Bhutan
- Lieutenant General Frederick William Kwasi Akuffo, former Head of the State of Ghana
- Manouchehr Mottaki former Iranian Foreign Minister
- John Samuel Malecela, former PM of Tanzania
Some Noble Laureates from this emerging education hub are;
- Rabindranath Tagore
- Physicist CV Raman
- Amartya Sen,
- Abhijit Banarjee
- Kailash Satyarthi
With such serious efforts backed with careful planning and management, India definitely has a lot to offer in terms of higher education.