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    Why Do Indian Students Go Abroad To Study? (TBDT)

    Why do Indian students go abroad to pursue their higher studies been a trending topic for discussion ever since overseas education started. Let's discuss to find a legitimate conclusion.

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    The topic for this TBDT is: Why do Indian students go abroad to study?

    You can thus:
    Give reasons for Indian students going abroad to study
    Give your opinion - Should Indians go to study abroad?
    You can give analytical & statistical data too of the percentage of students going abroad in the current academic year, which countries preferred, which course is preferred, etc. to state your point.
    Give your final insight to conclude the discussion.

    Note: In each of your responses, it would be good to give one or two relevant links to the pages in our study abroad section. You can thus link to a page of a particular country or a course or the application process or a general topic.

    Last date of discussion: 1st September 2016. Responses with the date of 2nd September will not be considered when evaluating for the awards.
  • #577185
    Let us begin by trying to understand the reasons of Indian students going abroad for studies -

    1. Admission in the foreign universities is relatively easier. Yes, you have heard it right. In India, it has become very competitive to get admission in a premier educational institution like IITs, NITs, IIITs, IIMs etc. More than 50% seats are reserved for various categories of the candidates and for the remaining seats, there is a cut-throat competition. Even after burning midnight oil for 2-3 years, there is no guarantee that an admission in a reputed Government educational institution will compulsorily be available. The reputed private institutions charge much high fee and often exorbitant capitation fee in medical courses like MBBS/BDS etc. Comparatively, it is much easier to get admission in a reputed foreign institution with comparable quality of education.

    2. The students get an opportunity to learn new languages, get exposure to new cultures which broadens their outlook, develop new friends, become self-dependent and acquire valuable life experiences.

    3. The students get employment opportunities in the world class companies against the dearth of the employment opportunities in India in the Government sector due to reservations.

    4. There are research opportunities and specializations which are not available in India in many cases.

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  • #577214
    It is true that many Indian students dream is to go outside and study, as doing this they not only get good fame and name but they also get good standard of learning as in foreign country, the learning standards are too high and hitech in comparison to Indian institution, one of the biggest perception, why people prefers to go outside and learn is that they believe if they get pass out from the foreign institution then their chances of getting a good decent job opportunity will be increased.
    live happily in every situation of life

  • #577224
    Reasons for Indian students to opt for study abroad:-
    1. Most of the Indian students who are going abroad only after finishing UG course in India for pursuing high end technical education in foreign countries especially for America and other European countries. Go through the article to know the Advantages and disadvantages of studying in Europe. For Engineering professional UG courses, few standard Government and some standard private colleges are there in India. So they are first completing their UG courses in these colleges. But those who are not able to compete with other students are choosing foreign countries to do their UG course in standard foreign universities rather than studying in low quality Indian professional colleges.. One thing we have to realize is to get seat in some standard college by above average and average students is much easier in colleges of foreign countries than in India. Instead of joining standard private professional colleges with heavy donation, student spend the same amount to complete their course in standard foreign colleges.

    2. For PG/ Master and Research courses, very few top quality program mes are available in very few top class international standard Indian institutions. For large number of students who wish to do these courses the top institutions in India are not able to provide a place for them. So all such students are going abroad to pursue their desired courses in standard international universities. Wide variety of interesting program mes are available in Engineering, Biotechnology, Basic sciences, social Sciences, humanities in foreign universities. Very limited program mes are available in most of the standard Indian Universities.

    3. The value of foreign degree is much more in Indian market than the degrees obtained from local Indian universities. Student get a job security when they do their course in standard foreign institution. Usually when they do their course in foreign institution they easily get absorbed into high paid foreign organizations according to their course. So students get more payment in foreign jobs than the payment they get in for the same posts in India.

    4. More facilities, laboratories with high end technical equipment, good conducive environment for research, scholarship payments for doing research are available in foreign universities is attracting Indian students to go abroad. In India, students doing research work have to bear their own costs and rarely they get good scholarship support. Countries like America, Australia, Germany, UK, France etc. do heavy payment for research scholars in the form of scholarship, teaching fellowship or assistant ship to support them in their research. So students doing research in India feel it heavy burden for them.

    5. In foreign universities students have much practical expo user unlike in India where the courses are mostly theory oriented. Practical knowledge and practical expo user is much needed for high paid technical jobs. This is one of the reason why our students are attracted to foreign study program mes and courses.

    6. For Medical courses, most of the students choose highly advanced countries like USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia etc. as the reputation of the institutions is very high and availability of high end lab facilities and research facilities to do their courses which add value to them.

  • #577248
    Why do Indian students go abroad to study?
    The answer is simple, In India there is no quality education and our universities and institutions do not exist in top 200 universities. Indian degrees are not world class and not recognized in most of the countries. due to reservation many bright students do not get admission here. due to over population it very- very difficult to get job here. the professional courses fee is very high in India but relatively low in foreign countries. After courses they also provide job opportunities and those degrees are valid over the cities like Hyderabad and Delhi have many consultancies to assist the students to go and study abroad. This is good trend and more students should go to abroad to study.

    'Education is a lifelong process, keep on learning new things'

  • #577252
    Universities abroad offer world-class education that attracts the cream of students. However, why students choose to study abroad cannot be summarized into one single reason. While the majority of students look at it as an opportunity that will give them international exposure and help them develop personally, academically and professionally, many choose to study in a university abroad just to embellish their CV. Mention of a degree from a foreign university on the curriculum vitae makes it more appealing to an Indian recruiter and internationally as well. To such students, the name and ranking of the university is of little significance. Absurd as it might sound, it works, when it comes to finding the right employment.

    The next most common reason students opt for higher studies in international universities is the belief that it can be the catalyst that will help in realizing their dream of living abroad. Students hope to receive employment opportunities in their host nation, on completion of the course. Many countries have liberal Visa policies that allow students to stay on and seek employment after their studies are over. There is evidence that students continue to live and work in the country where they went to university. Studying abroad broadens the scope of settling abroad.

    The admission procedure into foreign universities is quite straightforward – the same rules apply to all international students - only deserving students are offered admission. The procedures are stringent, and everyone is on an equal footing. Meritorious students stand to gain from this since they compete against equals. While in India, academic proficiency alone cannot guarantee admission in a top university. This is also a reason why some aspire to study abroad. They also become disgruntled with the mechanisms at play, in getting admission into top institutions within the country.

    Many universities abroad offer generous scholarships to international students which make the prospect of studying abroad attractive. A number of international governments have schemes that benefit international students – ranging from grants to fully-funded scholarships. As funds are taken care of and there is a promise of a better quality of life and education, aspiring students give it a go.

    Since international students are allowed to work part-time during the program and full-time during term breaks, students do not see the prospect of studying abroad expensive and/or beyond their means. They know they can fund part of their education/living expenses and hence go ahead. There are government and private agencies in India that offer education loans at competitive rates, making it easy for students (and their parents) to take that call of going abroad for higher studies.

    The return on investment is high - students are aware that they will earn better salaries than what they would after studying in the country. They can repay loans faster, without feeling the burden. The prospect of high earnings is yet another reason why students choose to study abroad.

    Only a few students are selective and know exactly where they want to study. To them, the world ranking of the university is of utmost importance. They 'profile' universities and courses on offer and only apply to ones that are ranked high. Their aim is to be part of a prestigious university that will give them the right international exposure while imparting the finest knowledge to them.

    One thing is certain though, every student who chooses to study abroad does so for personal gain. It changes their lives, for the better. They see it as a stepping stone, to success.

    A fool will always try to make sense of his nonsense!

  • #577253
    What I personally feel that there is no hard and fast rule to study in abroad, but the students are greatly influenced by the friends and those well wishers who always give wrong advise and make to believe that everything would be green after going to study in abroad. Naturally by influence of wrong advice, the student also put pressure on the parents and who have to succumb to the wishes of the child as they know parting with him would be great personal loss and yet for his bright future they even seek loan from bank and acquaintances and send the child to abroad.
    K Mohan
    I consider myself as the learner everyday

  • #577267
    Going abroad to study: This we can see from today's angle and yester years angle. First let us see why people get inclined to study abroad. During yester years mainly students opted after PG to pursue research and those who have research pursue post doctoral with scholarship and the inclination towards this has two aspects, one with financial support and other with started declining resources in the research levels and thus it is proved beyond doubt there was very much decline in faculty resources to undertake a real good research here.

    With the life style of these people abroad and hence comes is the era of MNCs which has created easy route for people here in later 90s and initial 2000s and hence many members went abroad with the terminology 'on-sight'. Now this concept has reduced and hence people moved towards inclination of doing higher studies in abroad and hence have a good life both professional and personal.

    Then started is the craze of doing studies abroad and again it is based on which countries as there are many input examination for some countries and admission based on earlier studies in some countries and also the Engineering education has become increased in India after 2000 and hence students mostly going abroad after engineering to do MS/MBA according to their interest and most probably according to their initial employment if some body going for higher studies after some working experience.

    Let us continue in which country is suitable for this year for various education in next response as I have started only the background on which people going abroad to study.

    Nice to be in ISC and feel the difference.

  • #577281
    Let us take the example of only one country the USA, which is the most preferred destination of Indian students studying abroad. The data regarding the number of Indian students in USA and % change from the previous year is as follows-

    2014-15: 1,32,888 (29.4%)
    2013-14: 1,02,673 (+ 6.1%)
    2012-13: 96,754 (-3.5%)
    2011-12: 1,03,895 (-1%)

    Contrary to the common perception, more students are able to get some kind of financial support in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships and other kinds of on-campus jobs. The university authorities find employing students for such academic jobs economic as a much larger remuneration is generally required to paid to the regular full-time employees.

    Also, a number of scholarships are also available to the students. Refer the following article as an example-
    List of scholarships for Indian students for studying abroad

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #577285
    Nowadays, almost every two graduate students out of five are opting for a foreign degree rather than study in India.With a dearth in quality education and limited seats due to various reservation criteria, this is a seemingly obvious choice for many.
    Also, a master's degree in a foreign university is recognised and accepted by many Indian private companies especially in IT firms. Research work is also not promoted at the graduation level itself in India, given due importance only at PG and PhD level.
    Students are expected to publish quality papers and made to work in research laboratories while not even being given the basic knowledge about research ethics.
    The UGCNET exam is conducted for gaining admission into higher level programmes and research laboratories at its procedure is very tedious.
    Long term coaching is required and many don't even qualify this difficult test where only the top 15 percentile candidates are chosen for teaching eligibility and even less for research.
    Even in the above case, reserved categories have their seats thus making the chances almost negligible for an average student.
    India is losing its vital talent pool to foreign countries and we cannot blame the student fraternity at all in our case.

    "If things go wrong, don’t go with them"

  • #577294
    Every student aspires to follow his or her subject of interest to either specialise in it at the PG level or to land their dream job in an employment ready state.
    Employers also prefer job ready fresher's, who are flexible, have good communication skills and sound knowledge of their concerned subject. In our education system,these criteria are not given importance until the campus placements start in the final year of bachelor's degree.
    Students need such skills in terms of gaining experience of giving interviews, communication skills, team work, management decisions and applying their knowledge in their job of the future.
    This is the main reason why our talent is not getting recognised at an early age. Students go abroad to study to gain international exposure, branding of a foreign university, pursue research or Masters in their specific subject of interest and brighten up their resume. Indian students are very hardworking by nature bit their hard work and talent is not tapped in the right way.Instead they are forced to work very hard to clear difficult exams to gain admission to the top IIT's or NIT's of the country. If they fail to do so, they are looked down upon as average students and forced into a job in which they have no passion.
    In foreign countries, the student is given importance and not the qualifying exam.Many students who lose interest in a particular subject are free to drop it and choose another elective during the course of study itself. After all it is the student who has to study and not the judgemental society!

    "If things go wrong, don’t go with them"

  • #577295
    There are scores of reasons, why Indian students head abroad for higher studies. Frankly speaking, the most popular, is the lure of the foreign land. Indian students do not go to every second country for their education, but to a selected few. These are the countries that promise good jobs, attractive salaries and a high standard of living. High living standards and the possibility of making it rich is what perhaps attracts most Indian students to these countries. To name a few, some of these most popular destinations are the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and even oil rich United Arab Emirates.

    By going through the article Top study abroad destinations for Indian students, we can come to know that it is the craze of making it big that makes most Indian students to head for these dreamlands. Everyone understands that it's apparently easy to make a living in these countries and that too a rich one. Comparatively, it's much tougher in India. With competition very fierce and opportunities few, for ordinary students, it's simply not possible to get a good job. The lure of good job, good living all the more attracts these youngsters to apply for the foreign universities. Once you graduate from such universities, it becomes a lot easier to get a job, live and possibly settle there.

    Most often, the attraction of the American dream, lures them to enrol for a course in the United States. If not US, they then head to countries that promise a dream similar to the American one. A study abroad article on American University of Sharjah, UAE explains very well why American universities in other parts of the world are also very popular with Indians and other Asians alike. There is a craze for most thing American. Those who fail to make the grade in reaching the shores of America or prefer giving America the miss, head for Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere. The economy and the standard of living in these countries are similar to that of the United States. That these are all English speaking countries, helps the cause of the Indian students. In subsequent responses I will cover certain other reasons that make Indian students head abroad.

    Patience and perseverance pays

  • #577309
    To continue what I stated in my last response, students choose mostly US by computer engineering and technology courses according to their GRE(Graduate Record Examination) score and according to the financial capabilities though education loan is given by banks. Mechanical engineering students prefer Germany, US if they have GRE other wise their option is Canada which is cheaper too. Other English tests like TOEFL, IELTS should be passed according to their choice of country.

    For management according to the score of GMAT(Graduate Management Admission Test) students choose their option of universities in US or England.

    Other courses like Actuarial science students opt US or Canada though initially it is started in England.

    For under graduation only medicine, students opt Russia, Philipines as the admission procedure here is very tough and according to reservation, students opt out to go.

    Nice to be in ISC and feel the difference.

  • #577326
    Another reason that I can think of for students wanting to go abroad for studies is the easy access to information. There was a time when only the elite would go abroad for higher education. Today, you have universities coming to you, offering you admission (sometimes spot admission too). There are periodic educational fairs organized by countries, universities and study overseas consultants – offering information on courses, procedures, fee structure, and scholarships etcetera. These are well-organized events that are advertised in daily newspapers, on billboards and in schools etcetera and draw large crowds.

    The highlight of these events is that students get to meet actual university representatives, from the admissions team. Some universities also send faculty to represent the institution. This actually helps in bolstering the attendees' resolve, to study abroad. Most fairs let candidates interested in studying abroad to interact directly with university representatives, allowing them to clear doubts and have questions answered. These interactive sessions actually get students interested. They are given a clear picture of what is on offer and how to go about admission and relevant procedures. The attractive and detailed brochures handed out to participants and the presentations made at the venue are also enough to impress and lure students to a program abroad.

    Moreover, there is so much information available on the internet, making what was once a distant dream, much more realistic. Aspiring students can weigh the pros and cons of studying abroad through various modes – for instance, by being part of specific online groups. Having the right information is crucial and education fairs and the internet provide these in right amounts.

    Accessibility is the key here. Take the example of students wanting to study in Singapore. They can seek all the information they want about studying in Singapore by meeting university/country reps at an education fair. Students are no longer left groping for answers. This makes it easier for them to make a decision about studying abroad.

    There are agencies dedicated to the concept of study abroad; it has become a big business. 'Study abroad' is a product that is being sold to Indian aspirants. Foreign universities see a viable market in India (in her talented students) for their product (courses they have on offer). Universities make offers that students find hard to resist. They see it as a realization of a dream - a golden opportunity - a Godsend - and jump onto to the bandwagon.

    A fool will always try to make sense of his nonsense!

  • #577330
    With continuation to above my response (#577224 ), I am adding some more reasons for why Indian students going abroad for pursuing their studies:-
    7. For some excellent, outstanding and bright students the standard and the quality of institution is more important for pursuing their higher studies. In international ranking any of our Indian institution at present stand in the first 200 ranks of the world. So most of our bright students are attracted to study abroad in top world ranked institutions without much difficulty. Those bright students who have to compete heavily with fellow bright students, students with reservations etc. to study even for this less ranked universities in India. But these students can get admission in to top 100 ranked universities of the world without much difficulty.

    8. In India after completion of their courses at UG or PG level there are no proper job opportunities either in Government or private organizations. In India there are instances we are seeing where a PG or Ph.D degree holder is applying for an attender or sweeper or clerk post in government offices. But such a situation cannot arise in foreign countries where for every well educated person there is a good prospect of getting well paid placement.

    9. In campus placements good companies visit top ranked government and private organizations which are very few in India. Suppose if students study in ordinary educational institutions in India there is no scope for getting jobs as these good companies do not visit these institutions. If students don't get jobs in campus selection it is very difficult to get a good job in India. This is one another reason why more and more students are attracted top ranked institutions of the world.

    10. Top ranked foreign universities attracting Indian students by providing fellowships and scholarships. By going through the article Ten best study abroad scholarships for higher studies in international univerities, we can know how the students get benefited by studying in those universities. In India even top rank students also cannot get much support from the government or institution in the form of scholarships or fellowships and have to bear all their heavy expenditure through out the duration of the course.

  • #577338
    According to the data published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, numbers of the Indian students who went abroad for higher studies during the year 2014 was as follows -
    USA - 97,613
    Australia - 25,562
    United Kingdom - 19,604
    Canada - 13,626
    New Zealand - 10,255
    United Arab Emirates - 9,273
    Germany- 5,645
    Ukraine - 3,587
    Russian Federation - 2,630
    France - 1,985
    Saudi Arabia - 1,817
    Kyrgyzstan - 1,709
    Malaysia - 1,397
    Sweden - 1,057
    Italy - 911

    There are many more countries like Georgia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Armenia, Oman, Korea, Mauritius, Ireland, Japan , Qatar, Kazakhstan, Austria, Turkey and few more.

    Earlier the Indian students had to learn a foreign language for pursuing higher studies abroad in countries where English is not the national language, but nowadays a number of universities located in such countries have started courses in English language medium also, making it easier for the Indian students.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #577347
    Here is my opinion in brief:
    Indian Students are not getting enough Job opportunities after their graduation. So they prefer to go abroad for Job. Here Conversion factor affects a lot. Dollar to Rupee conversion. Also for higher education they prefer Foreign countries.
    Second, Student not getting their choice course after high school, so they prefer to go abroad. Indian Colleges has now a days more fees which is almost equivalent to foreign countries college fees.
    If student want to learn In India, there are many good colleges/institutes in India from where they can learn and can complete their higher education. No need to go Abroad. Yes, there are some courses which are available only out of India.
    Majority students from the world prefer following countries: U.S.A, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, U.K.
    In fact; Money matters a lot at present rather than life.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Nilesh Patel

  • #577354
    In earlier days, the brightest students of India use to go abroad for higher education. Generally those students used to go for higher studies on scholarship. Most of the Indian students use to go to the USA or the UK for higher education.
    However, with the passage of time, the condition has change a lot. Today, students don't solely depend upon scholarships for higher studies. Today Indian guardians no longer send their children only to the USA or the UK. Now many new vistas have opened before the Indian students. With the passage of time, the economic capability of the guardians has increase. With the availability of information, the world has become smaller and information has become readily available. So the choice before the Indian students has widened. Moreover, it is not fully correct that best students go abroad for higher study. Nowadays many mediocre Indian students also go abroad for higher studies.
    In my next response, I would delve into the issue deeper.

    “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” - Paul Terry

  • #577361
    Undergraduate, PG and research programs in universities abroad are not the only courses that attract Indian students. There are some who go abroad for specialized training, in a discipline of their choice, offered at internationally renowned institutions. Certificate courses and diplomas from a foreign institution, are equally popular among Indians.

    The curriculum, the infrastructure, the training etcetera in a world-class institute can offer a stronger foundation that provides that initial push that every new aspirant requires, at the start of their career. I see this as a strong enough reason for students to want to study abroad. Candidates aspiring to work in the fitness industry, for example, will probably find it difficult, to find the right course (within the country) that can train them in the minute details, which are so essential, to be part of this growing industry. Given a choice, they will, probably prefer to study overseas and learn from/at the best school. Like for instance, at a fitness institute in Australia perhaps, where they can pick and choose modules that will help them in furthering their career.

    Also, consider the fact that most Indians are easily impressed with anything foreign. Hence, the addition of a certificate course, from an institute abroad, after a trainers name can help boost business, by bringing in more clients.

    It is not only the mainstream courses that students are opting for in a quest for studying abroad. More and more students are selecting short term, professional courses. It is the promise of superior training that is attractive to these students. They see a promising future for themselves and that acts as a driving force for them wanting to study abroad.

    Bakers and pastry chefs are skilled professionals who apply various techniques to ensure that the end product that comes out of their kitchen is delectable. These techniques are often not taught at regular culinary schools. Someone who has the inclination and the resources will probably opt to study baking and pastry making in an overseas institute. For them, it is all a matter of wanting to learn from the best.

    A fool will always try to make sense of his nonsense!

  • #577375
    My following point is a typical example of the difference between studies abroad and studies in India.

    Malvika Raj Joshi, age 17 years does not possess Class X or XII certificate. However, she got admission in the world famous and high ranking prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She will pursue her Bachelor of Science degree and MIT has provided her a scholarship also. She was offered an admission by MIT as she is a three-time medal winner at the International Olympiad of Informatics or commonly known as Programming Olympiad. In India, she is not qualified to even appear in JEE as she has no 10+2 pass certificate.

    When she was in Class VII at Dadar Parsee Youth Assembly School in Mumbai, her mother took a decision to pull her out of school. Malvika continued studies at home.

    The outstanding educational institutions like MIT consider offering admission to a student who demonstrates excellent intellectual potential despite having no formal high school credentials.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #577387
    Continuing with my earlier response, I will now like to stress on the profiles of students going abroad. First of all majority of students go for postgraduate studies. Only few opt for undergraduate courses. There are exceptions though. For medical studies most students go abroad for UG courses.

    Concentrating mainly on those who go for PG studies, students can be broadly divided into 2 categories. In the 1st category comes students who are brilliant or above average. In the 2nd category comes the average students. The brilliant and above average students mainly focus on courses and colleges abroad that can add value to their education. For them the courses or the colleges matter. Lack of suitable courses or colleges for postgraduate study in the country forces them to look for options abroad.

    Whereas, the average performing students, who don't have much hope in the country because of the tough competition are motivated by a foreign education. A foreign education is for them the messiah that will help them in realizing their big dreams. Since their average performance doesn't allow them to head for the best colleges in the US, UK or Australia, they instead head for lesser rung countries like New Zealand and Canada. Getting entry into them is relatively easy and a career is assured once you graduate there. This article on Seven good reasons to study in New Zealand explains just that. Recent trends shows that the number of such students going for a foreign education is increasing. Even though foreign education is not cheap, but the availability of various loans to finance their postgraduate education and the opportunities to work and earn for certain hours during weekends, helps them to sustain abroad. The main motivation for them is to finish their studies, get a well-paying job and settle there. Some of the foreign governments are very helpful too. They encourage foreign students to study and settle there. The article on Ten good reasons to study in Canada focuses on such aspects of the liberal attitude of the Canadian Government towards foreign students.

    The brilliant and the above average students however, focus on enriching their education for a great career and to achieve that a foreign education often becomes must. In my next response, I will focus on a third category of students who focus on cheap but quality education abroad.

    Patience and perseverance pays

  • #577389
    Most of Indian students going abroad for further education due to get admission in the Indian universities are difficult as in a foreign country. Many excellent courses and faculties are found in abroad .Students have great charm of study in aboard, parents also feel proud if their children get education from overseas. Such person gets more great opportunities in the Multi National Companies with giant salary. On other hand India education system divided into many reserved quota and categories like SC, ST, OBC, etc. It is the worst face of our education system now we celebrate our 70th Independence Day still our society is divided into cast system our education system too. Competition becomes to handle to crack, Merit raise very high. Some time caliber sit on last desk or haven't any seat for him/her. Private university and institute fees and expense are too high that is unable to afford easily to everyone. That's why student move to countries for education.
    Study in abroad is a good opportunity for explore many achievements mingle with other culture and traditional other than Indian society,

  • #577450
    For MBBS course most of the Indians going abroad because the intake of students into medical colleges is very less when compared to engineering students. Roughly 50,000 medical seats are available in medical colleges but the number of engineering seats available are 50 times more than that of medical seats. So there is a tough competition is there for these seats. In this competition, those who are unable to secure seats and who strongly wish to study this course are going abroad to any country of the world whose budget suits their study. There is an increase of 12-15% students who are going abroad to study MBBS course from the last few years. The reason for this is many of even smaller countries are providing good quality medical education with less expenditure than what we have to expend for our Private Management quota seats in India. USA, UK, Germany. Australia, Canada, Ukraine, Philippines, Nepal, China, UAE, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Guyana are the hot spot centers for Indian students. Here is an article for Things to know before you plan to study MBBS course abroad.

    Most of the students are choosing to do their Research work abroad especially in the field they wish to do because as availability of all ultra modern facilities, conducive atmosphere for research work, lot of encouragement for new inventions, lot of support in the form of rewards, awards, fellowships, scholarships etc. This is the reason why most of the Indians who went abroad for studies to do research in medical field, technology field, Computer world are doing miracles by discovering new things than by any others in the world. In India, research work in government universities will be carried out mechanically to get M.Phil or Ph.D degree or to get some funds from government but not with interest or to discover something which is useful for the public.

    According Directorate of Education in India, a total of 102, 673 gone abroad to take their courses in 2013-'14. In 2014-'15 this number has increased to 132, 888 which 22% more than the previous academic year in 2015. Students going abroad for studying Graduate courses is more than Under Graduate courses. For example 2014-'15, number of students who went abroad for Graduate courses is 85,055 while for UG courses is 16,521.

    When you take the statistics of UNESCO of 2014 year, the country which is mostly preferred by Indian students to study abroad is USA 97,613 students, second preferred destination is Australia with 25,562 students, third preferred destination is United Kingdom with 19,604 students, fourth preferred destination is Canada with 13,626 students, New Zealand 10,255,
    United Arab Emirates 9,273, Germany 5,645 students. The reason for more people opting for USA is the quality, standard of education , job opportunities available in this country. Go through this article to know Best tips and formalities to follow to study abroad in America

  • #577459
    In my earlier responses, we have seen certain reasons which motivates students to go abroad. The love for foreign land and earning easy money is one great attraction. Then there are the meritorious students who due to lack of facilities and opportunities in the country are kind of forced to head for US or UK. The not so meritorious too head for New Zealand, Canada, where it is easy to get entry and a job too.

    But, studying in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, etc costs a lot of money. Even though loan facilities are there, it's not everyone's cup of tea. So the budget students make do by heading to countries in the Eastern Europe and Russia. Here the education is relatively cheap, entry conditions are quite relaxed and there are no stringent conditions on English language requirements. It often costs even less than what it costs in a private college in India. Russia is quite popular with Indian medical students who are not able to obtain a government seat in the country. Private medical seats in India are exorbitantly costly. The best thing, most of these medical degrees from Russia is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI). This article on tips regarding medical education in Russia explains a lot about the many aspects of studying medicine in Russia. Taking cue from medical education, the Russian universities have started courses on engineering too for foreign students. The courses are dirt cheap and are gradually getting popular with Indian students. It's easy to get into an engineering course, as is explained in the article studying engineering in Russia made easy. Even though education is quite cheap in the East European countries, it remains a fact that most students after their graduation either leave for their home country or head for western countries in search of greener pastures.

    Then there are some countries in our neighbourhood too, which attract students from India. Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore and even Pakistan are some of those countries where education is relatively cheap and medical seats are easy to obtain. In my next response, I will delve upon the role of the financing agencies in influencing students to head abroad for higher studies.

    Patience and perseverance pays

  • #577465
    In my previous response (#577354 ), I stated that earlier students used to go abroad on scholarships. The choice was also limited. But today the situation have changed drastically. Now not only good students, but even average students go abroad for higher studies and to different countries. Now I would like to offer my view on the reasons why Indian students go abroad for higher studies.

    The reasons are:-
    (a) The entrance examinations for medical, engineering, management education have become very tough. Many students go to such countries where admission to these courses are much easier compared to that in India.
    (b) In some countries, standard of education, particularly medical, engineering and management education, is comparatively low. Average Indian students can easily cope up with the rigours of study in those countries.
    (c) With the availability of information, students can India can get a comparative picture and can take decision accordingly.
    (d) Employability is another important feature. Many students want to study and get employment opportunity in those countries where they studied. Many countries still provide such opportunities to students from India.

    These are some of the reasons why Indian students want to go abroad for studies. In my concluding part, I would continue further about the reasons and various aspects of Indian students' eagerness for studying abroad.

    “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” - Paul Terry

  • #577502
    Before concluding this discussion from my side, I will like to speak about the role of financing agencies in influencing students to go abroad by providing them with easy loans. Undoubtedly, the availability of these loans is allowing many students to dream of a foreign education. Things were however, not so bright in the earlier decades. Most students in those times had to cut short their dreams of studying abroad, because of lack of finances. Loan for higher education in US or UK were unheard of things. A few scholarships used to be there, but they were mostly cornered by the very bright students.

    But things are way different now. These days you just need to have the will to study abroad and your finances get taken care of. Most foreign universities in many of the countries are eager to provide you with scholarships and financial aid if you are deserving enough. Add to that, the increasing availability of loans to finance your education and expenses abroad. Since scholarships and aids won't be sufficient enough to cover all your expenses, you will have to most likely go for a loan. By going through the terms and conditions, you will have to decide which loan suits you the most. It is always advisable to go for loans which have delayed or easy repayment options. Since US is the most popular destination for Indian students, it is also natural that most loan agencies provide you loan for education in the US. International Student Loan is one of the popular programs in disbursing loans to US bound students. Another good loan disbursing agency dealing with loans to foreign students studying in US is Global Student Loan Corporation.

    Loans have surely made life easy for such students. Whether it is to finance your education in India or abroad, it has made it possible to pursue one's dreams. Just as it has helped us in buying automobiles and homes, it is now giving wings to the dreams of our students. These loans are acting as a catalyst in propelling more and more students to go for higher education, let it be in India or any corner of the world. Our students are thus realizing their true potential. These days no one in our country will have to sacrifice on his/her higher education due to paucity of funds. When loans are there, so is education. Readers will get a detailed idea about the various options you have in getting loans for your higher education by going through the section on educational loans.

    Patience and perseverance pays

  • #577506
    Today being the last date, let me also conclude by sharing certain personal insights which are as follows -

    1. The requirement of studying abroad varies according to the personal circumstances of the individuals. Many go for studies only and come back to India for serving the nation or to look after their heretical business empire which includes political arena also. However, many others carve for studying abroad as it opens doors for better employment opportunities in the developed countries and an evolved kind of lifestyle comparatively less infested with the traffic congestions on roads and day to day petty corrupt practices in almost all walks of life.

    2. The outstanding brilliant minds get an opportunity to work in the frontier areas of science and technology after studying abroad and thus become able to contribute to the welfare of mankind, thereby rendering a meaning to their God blessed human life instead of merely going through the process of living like a creature on the earth like so many other creatures.

    3. One can make only a limited progress while living among one's own folk as they generally don't allow pathbreaking success. On proceeding abroad for studies, one gets rid of the mundane social kind of activities and become able to focus or concentrate on studies to excel in the chosen field.

    I wish all the best, to all the study abroad aspirants.

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  • #577566
    Firstly, I would like to mention why a student are NOT or should NOT go abroad for studies.
    1. There are many common diploma or certificate courses which are offered both in abroad and in India. But due to the difference in the educational policies of foreign countries, the same diploma course which takes 1 year in India might take 2-3 years in abroad. But here is one fact to remember. Many of the students applying for such professional diploma courses are from a poor economic background. Hence, they look for a course that will effectively and quickly give them job after course completion. Also, the fee structure is different of Indian diploma and foreign diploma courses. So, for students from backward economical classes it becomes difficult to take admission in the same course in abroad rather than in India.

    2.The next thing is that a student should never think of going abroad just because the faculty strength is much better there.According to recent survey done by the Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD), there are around 1 crore teachers in India, teaching various courses. Many such teachers have passed from highly esteemed organizations. In fact, you can see a lot of foreign education programs where Indian teachers are invited to give lectures.

    3. Lastly, I would also rule out the possibility that a student should move abroad for the sake of culture mixing of knowing the unknown. India is the best place for cultural diversity. Young students should first try to mix up with various people of various origins here. So many states in India have great education facilities, that students should try to embrace the unknown culture in such states first.

  • #577575
    Now, I would like to mention the counter reasons of why a student should go and study abroad:
    1. If I look into the degree courses, then there are some highly professional degree courses that are still very deficient in India. For example, the course of M.S. or Master of Science is still one of finest courses provided by some of the leading abroad countries. The curriculum of this course and the infrastructure of this course is much better in abroad. Similarly there are many other degree courses which might have good faculties in India but has much better infrastructure and course in abroad countries.

    2. The next difficulty in studying some courses in India is the scope of the course. For example, a lot of biology related courses have much better job prospects in abroad countries than in India. What do students do when they have a passion to study such courses but clearly know that passing such courses will get them no good job in India. On the other hand, if they pass the course in abroad countries they will get high designation and much greater and heftier salary than in India?

    3.Thirdly, in India banks provide student loans have at a high rate of interest in comparison to student loans provided in USA or European countries. This is a great point of attraction for students going abroad to study. Students get a lot of opportunities to earn money. Some colleges abroad even have internships for students currently studying any course there. So, you can repay the loan easily than in India.

    4. Higher studies is better completed in abroad than in India. A lot of integrated studies concept currently going on in India, has come from abroad. In abroad you have an integrated M.S. PhD. programs. This program is an internationally recognized program and has much better job benefits in India, than the integrated M.Sc. PhD. program offered in India.

    5. Although this is very unfortunate situation but it is true. If you go and find out the real situation of higher studies in some of the leading universities in India, then you will find out that students applying for PhD. have to first select their guide under whose mentor ship they will complete their course. Many a times a lot of politics and favoritism comes into play among such guides. Sometimes these guides let the particular student work under him for years but doesn't let him to appear in any scholarship test, just because he is not his favorite. Sometimes who will get a guide for research and who wouldn't is decided much before the entrance examination. Even the candidates who write well in the examination or perform well in the interview is not selected. Such dirty politics is not a part of the foreign culture. Here nobody knows anyone. First you clear the scholarship test and only then your expertise decides which mentor you get.

  • #577577
    According to my opinion there is a justification for more students to go abroad for their studies on various counts:-
    1. The first thing is our governments are not providing even a fairer scope for at least bright student to choose his or her desired professional course and get educated leaving aside providing employment opportunities. Students who are able to do well at their plus two level courses with more than 90% marks are unable to get admission into professional courses means that the responsible governments of India has to seriously look into this matter. So bright students who have no opportunity to get some quality and standard education in India has no other option than to go abroad to make use of plenty of opportunities available in foreign countries to full fill their goals and wishes.

    2. Quality and standards of our educational institutions is far below international standards. Qualified manpower is lacking for our professional course institutions, higher educational institutions and research institutions. IIT institutes located across India have 43% vacancy of faculty posts while 50% of vacancy posts exist in our NIT's and Central Universities. Most of our government run Indian universities work by using temporary unqualified faculty or even without proper faculty. So this is the fate of our Indian education system. If it is the case how our bright minds get attracted to this low quality and low standard of education system?

    3. Very limited number of Medical Colleges are there in India. When compared to Engineering colleges, Medical colleges are some what better rated. But because of lack of expert faculty, poor management, lack of research facilities, poor government funding makes their standards low compared to international standards. In India very large number of government and private engineering colleges are there which provide admission to very large number of engineering aspirants. But sadly most of these engineering colleges are in sub-standard category and large number of students joining these engineering institutions lack of proper awareness regarding this issue. These students finally gain nothing by way of gaining knowledge or any job prospectus. By seeing the fate of these students many bright students and even average students are looking forward for abroad studies for bright future. So we cannot find any fault or wrong with in it.

    4. Most of the scientists related to engineering, computer, mathematical sciences, social and related sciences are immigrating to America as they avail better facilities for their research, bright job opportunities, to maximize their earnings to justify their high qualifications and to do the specific area of their research. In the last 10 years there is 85% rise in brain drain from India to US according to Scientific body of the US.. 75% of Indian scientists who got educated in India are migrating to US to avail greater opportunities in their research work and to make their future brighter. At least by seeing this, Indian government has to take this issue seriously with regard to maintenance and working conditions of higher educational institutions and Research centers of our country.


  • #577584
    I put forth some suggestions to stop brain drain from India to other countries:-
    1. Actually large number of students going abroad from India to other countries is a heavy loss for Indian exchequer. To stop this, Indian government has to develop strong foundation from school level to PG level education system. To develop educational standards, first working culture in the educational institutions has to be strictly implemented. Strict laws and rules to be implemented without any exceptions under any situations to maintain the discipline within the educational institutions. Well qualified and efficient teaching staff to be recruited purely on merit basis without considering caste or by other means of reservations. Government must see that no politics get involved in any way in educational institutions.

    2. Government must work out a time bound plan to develop sufficient number of schools, colleges, universities and research centers to serve the need of Indian students along with maintaining international standards. By establishing more educational institutions is no use but government has to take care of maintaining high standards. Then automatically brain drain to other countries from India stops.

    3. Government has to abolish caste basis for education and employment. This is one of the reason on which our educational standards are collapsing. This type of reservation system you cannot find in any well developed countries. Due 50% of reservation in education and employment many bright students are going abroad and thus we are facing brain drain. Government instead of providing help in getting seats in educational institutions and in employment better help them by way money to improve their standards.

    4. Government must assist higher educational institutes and research organizations with good grants annually to improve the facilities and working standards of these institutions on par with highly ranked international institutions.

    5. To promote higher education and research work and research oriented activities, large grants and funds to be allotted in annual budget. Higher education and research has to be promoted by providing good scholarships and fellowships to merit students and scholars. Efficient and well qualified persons to be recruited in universities and at higher educational organizations to run them on par with international standards.

  • #577591
    Concluding my argument, I would like to state that with the advancement of communication, technology and due to availability of information, the number of Indian students going abroad for studying has been increasing year after year. The guardians and students have found that not all foreign countries are very costly for study. The following article provides some affordable destinations for study for Indian students: Five affordable destinations for Indian students to study abroad. Moreover, students get better opportunity to work after completion of their higher studies in some countries, especially Nordic, Scandinavian countries and in Singapore. Furthermore, the procedure of getting student visa is easy and well-known. As for example, the following article describes how to get student visa for studying at Belgium: How to get a student visa to study abroad in Belgium. Similarly, information regarding scholarship is very easy to obtain. Not only that, all banks provide education loan to students going abroad.

    Considering all the positive developments, it can be confidently stated that more and more Indian students will go for foreign education in various fields in the coming days and make India famous all over the world.

    “Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.” - Paul Terry

  • #577608
    I know of students who cleared the JEE mains and ranked well in AIEEE as well, yet chose to go abroad for their undergraduate studies. These were exceptionally bright students, but the overseas universities they got admission into weren't the best in the world. This gives me a reason to believe that it is not just better education that students seek. The urge to go to a foreign land, I find, is greater than everything else.

    My interpretation is that students (and their parents) see greener pastures. Studying abroad is perhaps the first step to moving abroad, better packages and the promise of a superior lifestyle. The craze is apparent from the fact that students are now moving to countries that were hitherto not recognized for quality education. Australia, New Zealand and even Canada do not have universities that rank high on the various 'world ranking charts'. Yet, we find students making a beeline to these nations, because of the liberal immigration policies.

    With the US and the UK introducing stringent visa/immigration policies we now find Indian students exploring other possibilities. Many countries welcome international talent – something that most aspiring students become aware of when scouting for options. This leads them to pursue studies in other nations. The number of international universities that send teams to India, during admission season, demonstrates that they too are eager to take in talent from India. We now have universities from Ukraine and South Korea, to name a couple, offering admission to Indian students. The offers they make are hard to resist. It is a win-win situation for the aspirants and the universities/nations concerned.

    Studying medicine is an expensive proposition in India, but getting an MBBS degree in Ukraine or doing Masters inMolecular Medicine in Norway are easy on the pocket, with better employment prospects and the opportunity to stay on in the country.

    All said and done, students today want a global education that opens myriad avenues for them, something that perhaps education at an Indian university might fail to do. Studying abroad makes it easier to learn different work cultures, making it simpler to make a transition. Moreover, our education system is theory based. It does not ready students for real life situations. Lessons in work ethics, dealing with clients, inter-personal relation etcetera are learned on the job – there is no formal training that prepares a student for these. However, a stint abroad, as a student, helps them evolve. The growth is spectacular and this is something that students today have begun aspiring for.

    To sum it up, students may have various reasons for heading abroad - the quality of education, cheaper options, better choices, ease of admission etc, but these are secondary reasons. Personal growth remains their primary focus.

    A fool will always try to make sense of his nonsense!

  • #577624
    In conclusion, I would like to say, that since studying abroad requires some hefty monetary backup in the beginning, students should stress on this first. You must be prepared well ahead to face this situation if you are determined to study abroad. You will definitely have to apply for student loan. But it is better if you can apply for such loans abroad, rather than in India.
    To gain monetary strength back, you must do some part time jobs in abroad. You can also apply for internships in the university you are studying. Also you must ask for help from your teachers too. A lot of teachers in abroad countries are a part of student support services for foreign country students. You will be able to get free classes, coaching and even counseling for your future under such student support services.
    Since you will be all alone in a country abroad, it will be very difficult for you to acclimatize initially. To overcome that, I would suggest, you first start studying a diploma or certificate course in another state. When you acclimatize there, you will be able to accommodate yourself easily to the changes in abroad countries. The change in the state will prepare your ground level homework for the do's and don't's at a place completely unknown to you.
    For more help while moving abroad and study, please refer to my article How to prepare yourself to study in any university abroad

  • #577636
    thanks for sharing this one.... what are the various reasons which motivate more and more students to choose study abroad options?

  • #577642
    Has the last date of submission of responses been extended?
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