Learn in the USA

With a surge in the num­ber of In­dian stu­dents in the last few years, Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tions are also try­ing to reach out to them in a big way

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

Like sev­eral stu­dents across the globe, 20year-old Rhea Mun­jal dreamt of go­ing to the US for higher stud­ies. Her dream turned into re­al­ity when she en­rolled at Ohio State Univer­sity (OSU) this year.

“I am pur­su­ing a mas­ter’s in law at OSU. There are 10 stu­dents from other coun­tries at Ohio and I’m the only In­dian. I thought of head­ing to the US for fur­ther stud­ies as it is home to some of the best in­sti­tu­tions in the world,” she says.

Mun­jal is among the surg­ing num­ber of stu­dents head­ing to the US in pur­suit of a qual­i­fi­ca­tion from an Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tion. In 2010, In­dian stu­dents con­sti­tuted the sec­ond largest group of for­eign stu­dents study­ing in the US, with nearly 1.05 lakh stu­dents.

Be­sides the pop­u­lar uni­ver­si­ties such as Columbia, Har­vard, Prince­ton, and Stan­ford, there are sev­eral oth­ers that of­fer great scope to for­eign stu­dents.

The US, with more than 4,000 ac­cred­ited in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing, of­fers ac­cess to high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents in a broad range of fields. Thir­teen of the US in­sti­tu­tions have been ranked in the top 20 of the re­cent­lyre­leased QS World Univer­sity rank­ings.

Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tions are also try­ing to reach out to In­dian stu­dents through ed­u­ca­tion fairs and other events. Re­cently, of­fi­cials from 21 in­sti­tu­tions from more than 15 states in the US, vis­ited In­dia to in­ter­act with prospec­tive stu­dents as part of the US Depart­ment of Com­merce US Ed­u­ca­tion Mis­sion to In­dia.

These in­cluded of­fi­cials from the Ari­zona State Univer­sity, West Vir­ginia Univer­sity and Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. Stu­dents were up­beat af­ter learn­ing about the new study op­tions.

“I want to pur­sue a mas­ter’s or a PhD in bi­o­log­i­cal sciences for which I have ze­roed in on the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and Univer­sity of Illi­nois. I plan to go to the US be­cause it has the best of fac­ulty and teach­ing method­ol­ogy,” says Pa­tial­abased Madhu Smita, who holds a mas­ter’s in biotech­nol­ogy.

Sankalp Choud­hary, who hails from Dhan­bad in Jhark­hand, plans to study for a law de­gree. “With the large num­ber and va­ri­ety of col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in the US, I’m try­ing to find one that matches my needs and in­ter­ests,” he says.

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