Centre's move to invite foreign students to 'Study in India' panned by IIT professor

An IIT-Kanpur professor blogged wondering on what basis the government expects to draw foreigners when 5.5 lakh Indians study abroad due to lack of sufficient quality institutes.

Published: 18th May 2018 03:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2018 07:01 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: A senior IIT professor has questioned the government’s recently launched ‘Study in India’ programme that aims to attract 2 lakh foreign students, every year. Launched by the Union Human Resources Development Ministry in April, the initiative is supported by the MEA.

IIT-Kanpur professor Dheeraj Sanghi, who teaches Computer Science, blogged wondering on what basis the government expects to draw foreigners when 5.5 lakh Indians study abroad due to lack of sufficient quality institutes. “Instead of 1.5 lakh foreigners, can we have a goal to attract 1.5 lakh of these back to Indian universities by 2023?  I am convinced that if we can attract Indians to Indian universities, foreigners will also get attracted.” 

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An MHRD official, however, said the scheme was launched keeping in mind the need to advertise and publicise brand value of Indian institutions. Sanghi asserted that a large number of Indians were abroad because there were not many good institutions. “And therefore, those who didn’t get admission and could afford to study abroad, leave India. If we want to have 2 lakh foreigners, and if we assume that on an average our best institutions will have 5 per cent foreign students within the next 5 years, it means that we must have good institutions with 40 lakh Indian students in them.” 

Sanghi told TNIE that due to political situation, the emphasis has largely been on access rather than quality. “I believe quality institutions be opened—whether in public or private sector—and government should subsidise studies, particularly to those belonging from poor families.” 

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  • HARIHARAN.D

    Government has already given proper positions to quality in institutions like IIT and Universities like JNU. Pupils are getting admission to them as per their choice and quality at entrance. If Indian students are seeking studies abroad
    4 months ago reply
  • Hari

    Having foreign students in Indian institutions is to encourage diversity of cultures and background s at the educational level..Good move in my view as the overall quality and standards will improve over medium to long term...5 to 10 yrs. Foreign students should also get a flavour of the kind of education and research hete. Improving the quality of Indian institutions I think is a separate thing that the Govt should anyways do. In addition
    4 months ago reply
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