Destination remains unpopular with foreign students

Despite various government endeavours, India continues to struggle to become a popular education destination. Of a targeted 450,000 foreign students only 31,000 turned towards India to seek higher education, writes Rohinee Singh for Daily News and Analysis.

A report prepared by the Association of Indian Universities that works under the aegis of the Human Resource Development Ministry reveals that newly-established private universities and deemed universities attract more foreign students than public-funded universities.

"It has to do with the facilities including hostels, food and good publicity that these universities probably draw more students towards themselves," said Navid Khan, one of the former board members of Sharda University, a private university in Uttar Pradesh. Khan said as a part of their marketing strategy, private universities send representatives to various countries to publicise their universities and bring in students. The public universities, however, do not make any such effort.
Full report on the DNA site