Foreign student interest in universities drops – Report

International students are not applying to Indian universities, which have recorded a drop in the number of enrolments, a new report reveals – a result researchers say reflects the unfulfilled potential of the country’s education system, reports Study International.

While India has seen a massive increase in the number of international students since 2000 – a mere 7,791 then – there were only 30,423 international students in 2014, according to the Association of Indian Universities’ annual report. The figure is a far cry from the 4.85 million universities are allowed to enrol. This comes under the policy framework which enables universities and colleges to admit international students up to 15% of their total student cohort.

Why aren’t more foreigners applying? Stumbling blocks, as reported by the institutions, include: difficulties in recognising equivalent international qualifications (26.79%); lack of residential accommodation for international students (22.32%); and difficulties in obtaining visas for international students (20.54%). OP Jindal Global University reported safety and security in India are other causes of concern, while Maharishi Markandeshwar University felt the difficulty in finding sponsorship was a major obstacle.
Full report on the Study International site