Saturday, October 15, 2011

Indian students eye seat in US universities

With eyes set on an American university, students and parents gathered in numbers at the US education mission student fair held in Mumbai on Friday. Spokespersons of a host of American universities from 15 states assembled under one roof to help candidates clear doubts and students made the best of the opportunity.

Present at this session was the Director General of the US Foreign Commercial Service (USFCS) Suresh Kumar. "The need for education is universal and this is a platform to help students sitting in India to understand American universities better," Kumar said. He added that one of the main reasons to host the education fair was to save students from applying to universities through agents and touts and to avoid any kind of problems later on.

"Candidates can clear all their doubts, including fees, and be assured that there's no foul play involved," he said. While the Indian government's aim is to increase the percentage of students completing higher education, availability of education institutes poses a concern. Kumar stressed that with more and more American students eyeing Indian universities, availability of seats for Indian students might be in jeopardy. "It is therefore important to ensure that careers of students in India are secure and there has to be an increase not just on quantity but also on the quality of education," said Kumar. The universities present at the education fair shed light on e-education and student exchange programs.

Niranjan Kasi, 20, was looking for universities offering courses in masters in finance. "Even though we have an array of websites that can give us any information we need, we are always scared to totally trust the information. By personally talking to officials from the universities, we get concrete information," he said. The education fair also hosted a special session for students explaining to them the procedure that needs to be followed to obtain a student visa without any hassles.

"To know any information about education institutes in the US, one can always directly approach the consulate or the embassy," Kumar said.

Source: The Times of India (Online Edition), October 15, 2011

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