Indian Higher Education- A Promising Future for International Students Community

Mr. Sardar Basha

“By Education, I mean an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit.”

Mahatma Gandhi

India is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Here every state has its own distinctive culture and traditions. India also offers a perfect platform for students who want to encompass it all and heighten students cross-cultural learning. It allows students to reweigh themselves.

India has had a very powerful and functioning system of higher education – as early as 900 BC – deeply entrenched in religion and Vedic studies, designed for the dispersion of higher knowledge. Global exchange and student mobility are not new to India. India has an inspirational history of  Nalanda, Vallabhi, Pushpagiri, Odantapuri, Takshashila and Vikramashila that served as educational destinations for scholars from across the world.

Over the years, Indian education has been acclaimed as tradition in the world. Even ancient India, which mounted the highest acme of education by emerging as Vishwaguru, has left an opulent heritage of teaching-learning system for us. Being the second largest populous country in the world, India has undergone rapid expansion in various sectors, education being one of them.

The country is idyllic for providing students with fulgurant cultures, natural beauty and diverse history. On the other hand, wherever you choose to study in India will give you a quirky experience. There are thousands of universities and colleges for international students to choose from. India is also one of the countries with top universities.

Reasons why Indian universities have unique learning opportunities for students from India and other countries:

Ministry of Education, Government of India, has come out with a New Education Policy envisioning a complete overhaul and re-energising of the higher education system. Higher education’s ultimate aim is to develop universal beings with healthy inter-relations, interdependence and integration with all.

Indian Universities have become a catholicon in trailing the emerging changes and tackling the upcoming challenges and preparing students strong for future realities. India has achieved its own recognition of educational standards at the international level.

Moreover, the Indian higher education system is developing very speedily despite various challenges. The important factors that play decisive roles in attracting foreign students include: enriching classroom experience with a focus on learning pedagogy; a robust evaluation process, innovative courses, outreach at a global level; the flexibility in teaching-learning; internationalization of entrance examinations; issuing work permits for international students; international curriculum good quality faculty; research facilities; acceptability of grades and credits on international pattern; and comfortable and affordable hostels.

India is providing an important prerequisite for higher education in the 21st century. Beyond that, it is heeding the integration of employability-oriented soft skills as an integral part of the higher education system. The special education system in India has placed the country second in the world’s education system. Many universities in India have built up and have plush natural campuses, which allows students to enjoy the natural surroundings and connect deeply with nature truly. The country provides students with an experience of culture, art, tradition, heritage, history, innovation and creativity to enhance educational needs as well as great career growth opportunities.

Currently, many Indian educational institutions are collaborating with foreign institutions by espousing various student educational exchange programs. Courses offered by Indian universities are globally recognized and valid in all regions of the world. Faculty from reputed foreign Universities are also visiting India to share their educational standards with the students and also imbibe Indian standards of education in the Universities.

In this way, the students studying here will get extra encouragement. The main reason for attracting students from all over the world is its welcoming environment, non-discriminatory policy and assured academic and professional growth. The process of getting admission to top Indian universities is very easy compared to the admission process to foreign universities. Another valuable attraction is the Quality education offered by India, which is accessible to every income group considering a reasonable fee structure. A plus point is that top Indian institutes charge less as compared to the fees charged by foreign institutes.

Indian higher education institutions have always given importance to providing first-class higher education to all, irrespective of their economic or social backgrounds. Every institution here attaches great importance to making its courses as affordable as possible. Certificates issued by Indian universities are widely considered the best way to increase students’ employability. If any student is looking for the best education or the best values, I think India is a very good choice. Talking about international exposure, there is no doubt that Indian higher education institutions have always given importance to providing international exposure.

According to a UNESCO report, India is one of the most cost-effective countries for foreign students compared to the cost of major educational centres in other countries.

Many Indian universities and educational institutes are ranked among the top institutions in the world, and they are steadily climbing the list. Among the main reasons to study in India are its IITs, IIMs, IISCs and AIIMS, etc. Even opportunities in India for research, internships and careers with multinational companies provide a causative environment for professional development during and after studies. To promote internationalization in India, the universities are taking several steps like improving infrastructure, internationalizing the curriculum, appointment of foreign faculty, forging international collaborations, flexibility in admission cycles, multiple entries and exit rules, etc.

Overall, the Indian education system has a strong and secured position at the international level, with the largest higher education network. Undoubtedly, India has become a popular destination for foreign students for various higher education courses. “The Highest Education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”

– Rabindranath Tagore

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Shaik Sardar Basha– PGT(English) KV NTPC, Ramagundam Hyderabad Region.

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