Foreign education is the first preference for all the students out there.In response to a question in the Rajya Sabha about Indian students pursuing higher education abroad and the government’s plan to offer quality education within India, the education ministry provided the following data:
Approximately 1.3 million Indian students enrolled in foreign higher education institutions last year, with Canada having the highest number of enrollments at 1.83 lakh, followed by Australia with 1 lakh.
Minister of State for Education, Subhas Sarkar, shared this data received from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). However, the Ministry of Education does not maintain data on the expenditure incurred by Indian students studying abroad.
To cater to students’ needs for quality education within India, several initiatives have been taken. World-class foreign universities and institutions have been allowed to offer courses in GIFT City, Gujarat, free from domestic regulations. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified Academic Collaboration Regulations to facilitate international collaboration with foreign higher educational institutions.
Furthermore, the World Class Institutions Scheme was launched to provide affordable world-class academic and research facilities to Indian higher education institutions. 12 institutions have been identified as Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) under this scheme.
The government aims to retain Indian students within the country by offering attractive educational and research opportunities and establishing research parks at various IITs and IISc to augment the research ecosystem and decrease the craze of foreign education.
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