Plans afoot to bring more foreign students to India – education
The Union Ministry of Education, along with IITs and top academics, are exploring ways to attract foreign students to higher education institutions in India. These include asking foreign faculties to develop short courses; devise ways to show investment performance; coordinate with the Indian embassies; and joint branding and marketing of the Indian higher education sector.
During an internal deliberation at IIT Kharagpur, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare called for increasing the reach of foreign students through online education and also suggested that the expertise of foreign faculties can be used to create short courses. term of one or two semesters.
For that, India can take advantage of the foreign faculties network under the Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN) of the Ministry of Education and the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) initiative. Under GIAN, the ministry allows top universities to invite renowned foreign scholars to come and teach in Indian institutions for short periods, while SPARC promotes joint research.
Khare’s idea was supported by IIM Bangalore Director Rishikesh T. Krishnan, who noted that foreign students often opt for short courses rather than long commitments due to the uncertain factor of the cost of education, according to a note from IIT Kharagpur who led the multi-stakeholder talks on the issue.
Senior officials from the ministry of education, university vice chancellors, IIT directors and academics of world repute deliberated on the way forward in India for foreign students and how to synchronize it with the New Education Policy (NEP), which will be implemented next year. There are a number of suggestions for attracting foreign students, which has been a long articulated aspiration of the Union government, but which continues to lag far behind in achieving results.
India currently hosts nearly 48,000 international students, which it aims to increase to 200,000 over a period of time. Nepal contributed the largest number of foreign students with 26.9%, followed by Afghanistan (9.8%), Bangladesh (4.4%), Sudan (4.0%), Bhutan (3.8%), Nigeria (3.4%) and the United States (3.2%). The government believes that a concerted effort and suggested reforms in the NEP will help to change the situation.
Institutions such as IIT Kharagpur, BITS Pilani and IIT Gandhinagar noted the need to commercialize and promote the positive aspects of India, including funding for foreign students. While IIT Kharagpur Director VK Tewari said NEP 2020 has provided an opportunity to “promote both inbound and outbound internationalization, through semi-annual credit transfers,” Sudhir Jain, Director of IIT Gandhinagar, called for them to be publicized. the financing schemes available in the country and the need for outreach activities from the Indian field offices.