The enrollment of first-time graduate students from India has registered a 16 per cent decline in comparison to last year while that of China has increased by the same level, says a latest report.
"First-time enrollment of students increased by 16 per cent from China and by 22 per cent from the Middle East.
However, there was a 16 per cent decline from India and 13 per cent decline from South Korea," the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has said in its report.
India sends one of the largest numbers of international students to the US for higher studies along with China and South Korea and the sharp drop of 16 per cent, follows two years of modest decline, two per cent in 2008 and eight per cent in 2007.
The report also pointed that there was no growth in first-time enrollment of international students at US graduate schools from 2008 to 2009.
The zero per cent change follows four years of growth.
The survey report on 'Fall 2009' enrollment shows that, after peaking at 12 per cent in 2006, the rate of change international first-time enrollment has slowed in the past three years.
The Council of Graduate Schools said while first-time graduate enrollment of students from India was down 16 per cent overall in 2009, the decline at the 10 largest institutions was only six per cent.