According to Open
Doors report India is the leading country of origin for
international students in the United States. For the second
consecutive year, the number of Indian students, this is
increased by 12% to 74,603 students followed by china 64,757
students and only 2% increase. Even though there were
significant decreases in the number of students from some
countries in 2002/03 there is a huge jump in Indian student
population in USA.
More than 500,000 students are coming to USA every year on
student VISA around 50% of international students represents
ASIA mostly from India, China, Korea and Japan. Due to bad US
economy and very strict VISA regulations after five years of
steady growth, the number of international students attending
colleges and universities in the United States in 2002-03 showed
only a slight increase over the prior year, up less than 1%,
bringing the total to 586,323.
Negative aspects of higher number
of Indian students.
According to our survey most of the
Indian students are applying for graduate programs in computer
or engineering, the chances of getting admission is less when
they compete with the fellow Indian students. Also many of the
Indian students are expecting some kind of assistantship or
fellowship during their course, it will be extremely difficult
to get one due to budget cuts and reduction in number of
research projects in many universities.
Outsourcing to India
In USA many discuss the jobs going
abroad especially to India. But no one realize that the money
coming from India or other countries from international
students. Open Doors 2003 reports that international students
contribute nearly $12 billion dollars to the U.S. economy in
money spent on tuition, living expenses, and related costs.
Nearly 75% of all international students funding comes from
personal and family sources or other sources outside of the
Department of Commerce data describe U.S. higher education as
the country's fifth largest service sector export.
India is looking forward to expand its education sector to
attract international students. There are many steps have been
taken by Indian government to encourage foreign educational
institutions to start their educational programs in India. If it
is successful and inline with international standards there is a
good potential of getting foreign investment to India as well as
bringing the world class higher education at affordable costs to
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