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Ludhiana residents have diverse reasons to travel abroad

punjab Updated: Aug 25, 2015 23:08 IST
Arshpreet Kaur
Arshpreet Kaur
Hindustan Times


With countless IELTS (International English Language Testing System) coaching institutions and visa consultants mushrooming in the city, more and more people across the city are getting an opportunity to get visas to go abroad.

Even though IELTS and TOEFL coaching institutions charge hefty amounts for exams like IELTS, TOEFL and GRE, yet their market seems only to be growing over the years.

More and more people from the city approach the institutions with a desire to go or shift abroad. However, the residents of the city seem to have diverse reasons for going abroad.

City resident Charanjit Singh said he was willing to go abroad because he believed that he would have better career opportunities outside India.

He added, "India has fewer options and I believe I will earn more and grow more if I settle abroad. I need to clear an IELTS exam first of all and I am still deciding which institute I should opt for."

Another resident of the city, Tarun, who got 6 bands in an IELTS exam, said, "I wanted to take an IELTS exam only to figure out where I stand and that whether I have command over English language, which is competitive with the people who actually live abroad."

While many youngsters of the city believe that they can get better education abroad, there are others who believe that going abroad is the only resort considering the present education system.

Sonu Singh said, "The current education system focuses mainly on theoretical aspects of education but there is no market for theoretical knowledge. Practical education focuses on gaining experience and it is offered only by foreign universities."

Apart from youngsters, even the middle-aged and old-aged people also have craze of migrating to developed nations.

Karamjit Singh, a resident of the city, said, "My son lives in Canada and I want to move to Canada with him. There is no point for me to stay in India if my only son lives somewhere else. He has a good job there and earns well enough. So, it is better for me to move with him."
Anish Kumar said, "I think developed countries have more to offer to their citizens in terms of security as well as facilities in comparison to developing countries and I do have a plan to shift to Australia soon enough so that I can give a better lifestyle and more secure future to my children."