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In US, bulk of foreign students are Indians

Open Doors 2006 report says of the total foreign students' in USA, 76,503 Indians account for the populace, Avishek G Dastidar.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 02:36 IST

When it comes to going to the United States for higher studies, students from India by far outnumber those from any other country, making up 13.5 per cent of the total population of foreign students studying in American universities. And their number is steadily rising.

These are some of the findings of Open Doors 2006, an annual report on international student exchanges prepared by the Institute of International Education with support from the US government.

Of the half-a-million foreign students in America, the number of students from India alone is 76,503, ahead of that from China, which is ranked second with 62,582 students.

However, the report also shows that the population of Indian students in America has marginally shrunk by 5 per cent since last year when the number was pegged at 80,466.

“Increasing professional opportunities in India could be one reason why more Indian students are coming back after graduating from America. They could also be going to other countries after completing their graduation,” said David C Mulford, US ambassador to India, while releasing the report in the Capital on Monday.

Mulford, however, added that it did not mean that lesser number of students were going to America.

“The number of student visas issued here has risen by 33 per cent and the number of applications for visas is also up by 32 per cent as compared to last year,” said the ambassador.

On the other hand, India has secured the dubious distinction of being the least popular among American students.

According to the report, India ranks last, way behind China and Japan, on the list of 20 most popular foreign destinations for American students.

China and Japan occupy the 8th and the 11th spot, respectively. South American countries such as Chile, Argentina and Brazil are also ranked ahead of India in the list.

However, the study points out that compared to last year, there has been a 53 per cent increase in the number of Americans coming to India for studies. Their total population is pegged at 1,767.

China as a host country has also seen an increase of 35 per cent in its population of American students. Universities of California and New York appear to be the two most popular universities with business management and engineering-related courses finding the maximum number of takers.

Email: avishek.dastidar@hindustantimes.com