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Quality education draws US students to India

Less expensive and quality education in the country is attracting more American students to Indian universities, a US official said today.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2011 19:33 IST

Less expensive and quality education in the country is attracting more American students to Indian universities, a US official said on Friday.

"I think that's one of the attractions. Certainly, it's no secret that the cost of education in the United States is increasing and it's pretty high. Part of it is the increasing awareness of the value and quality of education in India," Anand Krishna, Information Officer with the US Consulate General here told reporters.

According to a data released by United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF), there has been a 44.4% increase in the number of American students studying in Indian universities.

"IIMs and IITs certainly attract American students... Their interest may also ultimately be in journalism and locally they may look at Asian College of Journalism. But the fact that they are looking at schools in India now is important," he said.

Last year 2,690 American students came to the country while this year the figure is 3,884, he said.