More and more foreign students are thronging various technical institutions in Greater Noida every year, making it one of the most popular destinations in the NCR.
More than 150 foreign students — from about 30 different countries in Asia and Africa like Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, Vietnam and China — are pursuing courses like Bachelors and Masters in technology at well-known private engineering colleges in the area.
The broad streets and clean environs is what attracts most of them, with some finding the place safe for foreign nationals.
Hasan Hamza Hasan Darnasser a B.Tech student from Palestine, who has been living in Greater Noida since 2005, feels the city is safe for foreign nationals.
Mahabba M. Jerjes from Iraq who is doing B.Tech at Gretaer Noida, has been living here for the last six years.
The peaceful environs of the city and its broad streets attract him.
Ritwik Das from Bangladesh who is doing B.Tech and has been living in Greater Noida for the last five years feels, “Greater Noida’s clean and green pollution free environment is good for studying.”
These and other foreign students whom Hindustan Times spoke to liked the city infrastructure and feel the city was fast developing into an international level city.
However, not all were appreciative of the area. Some had face problems such as erratic power sully and lack of public transport.
They all felt the need for a dedicated police helpline number and also accommodation helpline for foreign students.
They also felt the authority should set up international hostel facility in the city if they want to attract foreign students.
College management said they couldn't cook the non-vegetarian food for foreign students at their hostel kitchen.
So the students have no option but to seek accommodation outside the campus.
Rasty M Jaafir a student from Kurdistan doing M.Tech has been living in the city for the last 14 months.
“It is hard job to find a residential flat for foreign students. I suggest accommodation helpline and police helpline for foreigners living in the city,” said Jaafir.