Sunday, November 23, 2014

US-bound tech pupils: 4 Indian cities in top 10

There is a popular wisecrack among engineers in India --- one leg in India, another in Air India. Most of them graduate and fly off to pursue a master's. Little wonder then that for the US, as many as four Indian cities Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore --- are among the largest senders of students who want to wrap up their education with an American degree in STEM ---  short for science, technology, engineering and maths, according to Brookings report.

These Indian graduates are likely to get to spend more time in the United States with President Barack Obama clearing the new immigration policy.

The optional training programme, which allows F-1 (student) visa holders to work full-time in the US for up to 29 months after receiving an American bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in STEM, will be relaxed further. Of all international students flying to the US for an education, most sign up for either a business management course or a STEM programme.

Collectively, the STEM fields account for 37% of all F-1 visa approvals. Among foreign STEM students, 31% are from China, 27% from India and 5% from South Korea.

Hyderabad sent 26,220 students to America between 2008 and 2012, and 20,840 of these attended STEM classes. Hyderabad was followed by Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai and Mumbai. Of all those who flew out from the country's commercial capital, 61.5% -10,638 of 17,294 --- joined a STEM course.

Source: The Times of India, November 23, 2014

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