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India: A Land Of Incredible Education
Here’s an overview of how India fares in attracting foreign students to its campuses…
Abhay Anand

India enjoys a good position at 26th rank in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings and is way ahead of many of its BRICS and some Asian counterparts. Among the cities, Bengaluru has featured at the 81st position in the global ranking scale, followed by Mumbai (85th place). Delhi and Chennai are at 113th and 115th positions in the recent QS Best Student Cities ranking respectively. We also have five Indian institutions among the top 200 globally and 10 in the top 500. These numbers say a lot about the strength of Indian higher education system, which is one of the largest in the world in terms of students, next only to China and the United States.

Foreign students in India

India has been attracting foreign students for over 2000 years during the era of Takshashila University, Vikramashila University or Valabhi due to its advanced education system and rich cultural heritage and geographic location. In the modern era, the Indian education system is influenced by British higher education and offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

Presently, India attracts students from over 166 countries with universities offering knowledge in the area of medicine, engineering, arts and language, journalism, social work, business, commerce, planning, and other specialised studies. Most Indian universities teach in English and conduct special language classes for those who are weak in that language.

In the year 2017-18, the total number of foreign students enrolled in higher education was 46,144; which accounts for 1% of the global student mobility. The foreign students come from 166 different countries from across the globe. The top 10 countries constitute 63.4% of the total foreign students enrolled. The highest number of foreign students coming to India is from the neighbouring countries of which Nepal accounts for 24.9% of the total, followed by Afghanistan (9.5%), Sudan (4.8%), Bhutan (4.3%) and Nigeria (4.0%).

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