"While we are trying to provide education loans to all who seek it for studies here and the loan amount is not very large, those who seek more large-sized loans of Rs. 20 lakh or more are being scrutinised carefully," a chairman and managing director of a private sector bank, who did not wish to be identified, said.
The depreciating rupee has made loans all the more expensive for students wishing to pursue higher studies abroad. "With this kind of a scenario where the GDP growth rate has been 4.4% for the first quarter and no immediate likelihood of the economy picking up, job would be fewer and repayment chances could get even tougher," Nirupama Sounderajan, additional director and team leader, financial sector, FICCI, told HT.
The repayment cycle of such loans starts only once the student gets a job.
The government is also looking at a proposal to set up a credit guarantee fund to address the issue of rising non-performing assets or bad loans in this segment.
"Due to a depreciating rupee, students seeking to go abroad for higher education would now have to go in for a much larger loan size," a senior official at rating agency Credit Information Bureau India Ltd (Cibil) said.
However, there's also a silver lining. Banks are now looking to extend the repayment period and also provide a repayment holiday in certain cases for the first few months or even a year.