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Indian students in US double in last decade, second only to the Chinese

The number of Indian students studying in the US has doubled in the last 10 years, with the growth rate running in double digits for the fourth year running, the US embassy said on Monday.

education Updated: Nov 14, 2017 14:07 IST
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The number of Indian students studying in the US has doubled in the last 10 years, with the growth rate running in double digits for the fourth year running, the US embassy said on Monday.(Shutterstock)

New Delhi The number of Indians studying in the United States has nearly doubled in the past five years to reach more than 186,000, growing by 12.3% in 2016-17, according to a report released by the US department of state, bureau of educational and cultural affairs on Monday.

Comprising 17.3% of all international students there, India is behind China (350,000), which remains the top sender of students to the US since 2009-2010, when it toppled India for the first position.

The 2017 Open Doors Report, prepared by the Institute of International Education, an organisation that focuses on international student exchange,

The number of American students coming to India for academic credit at their home university in the US, however, registered a decline — from 4,438 in 2014-15 to 4,181 the next year.

The US remains a favourite destination for Indian students, as the new Open Doors Report has revealed (Hitesh Mathur; source: Open Doors Report)

While the number of Indian students in the US registered a double-digit increase in 2016-17, the growth rate was healthier in the previous two years-- 29.4 % and 24.9 % in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

“Statistics fluctuate, every year. People get student visas for short- term programmes of a couple of months. There could be a lot of factors that could be influencing them.. the economy, maybe there’s some effect of demonetisation. I don’t know. I don’t have much insight into the people who don’t apply. Our visa interview room is full every day,” said George H Hogeman, consul general, US embassy.

The majority of Indian students (56%) in the US are studying at the graduate level.

According to the Open Doors Report, graduate programmes drew the maximum number of Indian students though the percentage of students opting for undergradute programmes jumped by 13.90%. (Source: Open Doors Report)

“The government is concerned and the universities in particular are concerned. The international students are generally very high performing and very high achieving. Individual universities and our government is doing everything to attract Indian students,” said Karl M Adam, deputy cultural affairs officer at the US embassy.

“We certainly want to welcome all bona fide students whose primary goal is to go to United States to study. I don’t think anybody should let things they may hear about getting a visa stop them from trying to get a visa. The visa should not be that big a factor in the decision of whether to go to study or not in the United States,” said the consul general.

Canada is emerging as a favourite country for studies by Indian students. According to data for study permit holders by country of citizenship from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Canada attracted 31,975 international students originating from India in 2015. That number rose to 52,890 by the end of 2016.

First Published: Nov 13, 2017 18:27 IST