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ERIC Number: EJ848811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul-10
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
India Struggles to Become a Destination for Foreign Students
Neelakantan, Shailaja
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n41 pA20 Jul 2009
Indian universities had not historically done much to recruit foreign students, or to help the few that they had adjust to life in India. But in recent years, that has begun to change--if slowly. A handful of Indian institutions are making an effort to welcome international students to their campuses. And the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a former professor, has begun to apply India's first comprehensive strategy to woo foreign students. It is part of Mr. Singh's vision to make India a global knowledge hub. Last year the prime minister laid out a strategy for foreign-student recruitment that involves both universities and governments. He has directed all Indian embassies and universities to provide detailed and factual information about India's educational system, the courses its universities provide, eligibility criteria for foreign students, and details of all documentation required to apply for admission and for visas. As elemental as that might seem, such information was not previously available to students unless someone specifically asked for it. In late May, as part of the prime minister's directive, the University Grants Commission ordered all public universities to establish international-student centers that will help foreign students set up bank accounts, find apartments, and otherwise get settled. According to Mr. Singh's directives, universities should also offer six-month English-language-proficiency courses for foreign students who need the help before they start their regular courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India