Every year lakhs of students apply for getting enrolled in a university located in US, UK, Germany, Canada, etc. Why do we see such huge number of people seeking foreign education? Is the standard of education in India low? In a study, we came forward with 5 reasons why students want to study Abroad.
- High Competition at Home
With a population of over 600 million youths, Indian students have a huge competition in regards of getting an admission to a top university/institute. The number of institutes providing quality education are very limited in India. Most students prefer to get into institutes like the IITs, IIMs and AIIMS which are the top ranked institutes in our country.
Getting admissions into these colleges in itself is a daunting task. Clearing the entrance exams is very tough and the seats provided are meagre considering the huge number of applicants. The reservation policy makes it even more strenuous for the students who are able to score more have to forgo their seat to someone who has scored less than him.
This provokes a student who is academically brilliant and is financially capable to opt for an education abroad. Though the number of students going for post-graduation are more, some students have even started enrolling for undergraduate courses abroad.
- Quality of Education
The quality of education in India is focused mainly on categories of the field which are highly popular. Even if an unpopular course is available in a institute, the faculty provided to the course won’t have a full proof knowledge of the same. Hence, a student who is interested in taking a topic which is less popular, looks for an opportunity abroad, where the course is available with a good faculty.
A student taking up higher education, is fully pledged to getting the most of his course, both theoretically and practically. Though theoretic knowledge is abundant with the help of various books available, Indian Institutes fail to provide a practical knowledge as good as their counterparts abroad. Technological advances abroad, has made it possible for the foreign institutes to provide practical and detail knowledge to its students.
A research oriented student requires resources that are readily available and are updated. Research in India cannot provide resources that are advanced. Hence, the students are more inclined towards research in a more technologically advanced nation.
A person getting his Post Graduate Degree from a university in US, UK, Germany, Canada is more likely to get a quick job and good pay from his employer, than one getting it from an Indian Institute. This fact cannot be ignored and hence, a student upon completion of his PG comes back to India, is expected to land a job quickly.
Even during their education period, students are allowed a small period of weekly hours, wherein they can work for their living. Some universities allow work only on campus while some allow outside. Post completion of their degree, if a student wishes to stay and work they are permitted to look for it within a stipulated period.
- Standard of Living
A study shows that 80% of the Asians who study abroad, look for jobs in the same country and settle there. The main reason for this trend is the standard of living in these countries. After getting employed in a company, the policies to stay in that particular country allow these people to have a better life for the future.
Living a life in these developed nations is far more easy and stress free as compared to the developing ones. The governmental organisations are more helpful, than close home. The ease of living, makes it a good prospect for students to stay in these countries.
- Global Exposure
Students choosing to study abroad may have left their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. There are new foods, customs, traditions to be explored. A person being in a new atmosphere wishes to learn more about the surrounding he is in.
Studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.