According to Data put out by External Affairs Ministry in August,2017 ,over 5.5 lakh Indian students are studying abroad in 86 countries. Every year over 2.2 lakh students move out of India for pursuing studies.
Government is set to launch a full-fledged portal listing “Accredited” institutes of Higher Education in various countries where Indian students head for studies every year.
Move is aimed at ensuring that the students desirous of pursuing studies in foreign universities choose their institutes based on “verified and authentic” information collated by Indian Government and are not duped by agents who sometimes mislead them.
Portal is being established by Ministry of External Affairs in consultation with ministries of Human Resource Development and Health and Family Welfare.
According to a Govt. Official,“We have been getting complaints that many students who want to study abroad are lured into taking admission in substandard institutes and later feel cheated”.
He further added that,“There have been even cases that some students landed up in few countries in central Asia only to realise that the institute they had taken admission to did not even exist”.
Source stated that,“We therefore thought that a dedicated portal that will have list of good institutes for undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses in every country will immensely benefit our students. We are in the process of consulting department or ministries of education in various countries and our foreign missions and will soon launch the website formally”.
Most of the students are in USA, Canada, Australia,New Zealand, Bahrain, China and UK pursuing mostly engineering, management, medicine or the other technical courses.
“Even in countries like US or UK, not all institutes where the students get admission, however, are very good and students may struggle to get jobs after completing their courses,” stated an official in the HRD ministry said.
“Masters degree from some universities in the UK for example is not recognised in India but the students need clarity on all those facts.”