The migration of Indian students to foreign countries, particularly USA & UK for higher education
R Raghavan, Dr. M Venkatramanan
This article deals with the reasons for migration of Indian students for higher studies abroad in spite of the fact that there are well known higher educational institutions in India. The reasons for such migration are analysedin the main article. These include the notion of better education, enhanced career opportunities, making friends for life, lack of required and proper infrastructure and modern equipment in India for scientific research, and limited no of seats in the desired courses in Indian intuitions due to increasing no of students aspiring higher education. Other reasons include pressure from parents as well as their peers to get admissions in Foreign higher Education Institutions not only for getting higher emoluments and get or retain a special status in the society, attractive offers from Foreign Higher Education Institutions through their representatives or counselorsin India for joining their institutions with a view to getting Foreign exchange through tuition fees etc. They also offer scholarships to bright students of other countries to study in their institutions so that they can be utilized in their own countries if necessary. It has been observed that in addition to USA, UK, Canada, etc. CHINA, SINGAPORE, RUSSIA, MALAYASIA, UAE, also attract Indian students especially due to less expenditure as well as being neighboring countries. At the same time the strength of India’ seducation system cannot be under-estimated since products of Indian Education Systems include great names like Satya Nadelle, CEO Microsoft, alumni of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Sunder Pichai, CEO Google, alumni of IIT, Kharagpur and such other eminent persons. The Article concludes that Indian Govt. have been taking various measures for improving the higher education systems by making higher financial allocation in order to upgrade the existing institutions, start new institutions of excellence, attract Foreign Students by grant of increased no of scholarshipsas well as putting extra inputs for research work.