Indian universities observe dip in foreign applications

The pandemic has drastically impacted the plans of Indian students who wanted to pursue higher education from foreign institutes in the upcoming academic year. Similarly, there has been a considerable decline in the number of foreign applicants who would apply to various Indian universities.

To keep the number steady, institutes in the country are resorting to various measures to attract foreign candidates. While many have extended the dates for admission others have introduced online learning for overseas students.

“Most of the universities have made multiple announcements including the commencement of classes online and giving the credits for the hours of the study done from outside the campus,” says Anish Rakheja, founder, Krescon, career counselling firm.

IIHMR University, Jaipur, is left with limited options to reach out to the foreign candidates this year. The institute is currently extending its admission prospectus to foreign aspirants via online mode.

“Usually there are various platforms through which we cater to the prospective international students like outreach activities, participating in international events and education fairs, on spot counselling sessions, conducting seminars and workshops. These methods help the candidates from foreign countries to narrow down to IIHMR. However, due to the pandemic, we are now limited to the online mode only,” says PR Sodani, dean, IIHMR University.

IIHMR, Jaipur which had almost 50 international students’ applications from the SAARC countries last year, is hoping to get considerable admission figure by the end of the season, adds Sodani.

The institute has also extended the admission process for the new academic year and has introduced an online platform for conducting classes for overseas students, he says.

Sona Group of Institutions, Tamil Nadu which would usually get around 100 applications from foreign candidates has so far received only half of it.

This is mainly due to the uncertainty in the dates for the new session and the travel restrictions owing to the pandemic, said Paramasivam ME, head, International Affairs, Sona group of Institutions, Salem. He further added that the decline in the number of applications from foreign candidates is also because students in some SAARC countries are still waiting to appear for their school-leaving exams.

“Candidates from around 18 different countries, including SAARC and Middle East countries would take admission in our college every year. However, this year we have got only 50 enquiries for admission, half of what we received last year. The overseas enrolments begin in January as provisional enrolments. Now that the results are out in most countries, we will restart the process,” he said.

At IFIM Business School, Bengaluru the pandemic has disrupted the Exchange programme of the institute.

“While in the normal scenario, we hold exchange programme with ESCP Business School, Paris School of Business and ESC Rennes School of Business in France wherein around 30 students from IFIM would visit a foreign campus and the same number of international students would visit our campus in India. However, no international student has joined our course for the exchange programme owing to the crisis,” says Atish Chattopadhyay, director, IFIM Business School.




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