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India Set To Be A Global Education Hub: New Education Policy to Attract Foreign Students


Hon’ Prime Minister Modi’s Principal Secretary, PK Mishra said The multi-disciplinary feature of the new education policy will “certainly” attract more foreign students to come to India. Currently several foreign students are studying in India but now the Indian education sector will be opened much more. India is hosting over 47,000 overseas students and aims to quadruple the number 200,000 students by 2023 with the NEP.

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“With the new education policy, there will be a lot of liberalised regime, regulatory systems also will be much more liberalised, there will be more freedom. So I am sure that many more foreign students will be attracted to come to India,” he said at the foundation day programme of IIT-Jodhpur.

Besides, he said the National Research Foundation will play an important role in advancing core artificial intelligence research, developing and deploying application based research and advancing international research efforts to address global challenges.

US asks foreign students to leave the country if classes go fully online.

Covid-19 pandemic seems to have derailed the dreams of thousands of Indians looking to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate degrees abroad this year.

Indians are the second-largest group of international students in the US, after the Chinese. The United States announced that international students might have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities moved classes entirely online in the upcoming fall semester.

Students Say Admission to Higher Classes Getting Affected Due to Delay in Results

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Last year, nearly 4 lakh students had left the country to pursue degrees in foreign universities. This year, the numbercould come down to nearly 30,000 — registering a drop of over 90 per cent — due to delay in class XII results by most boards including the CBSE and final year examinations in institutes of higher education.

Career experts who guide students on higher studies abroad, pointed out that as the new session in colleges begins from September in most countries, Indian students will not be able to enrol this year and may have to make alternative choices of institutions and career.

Why Indian students choose to study abroad?

India, with over 1.2 billion inhabitants, is a top contender for sending its students abroad for higher studies. While India does not lack in prestigious colleges and universities, such as the IITs and IIMs, many young Indian students today wish to pursue their studies in universities abroad.

NEW EDUCATION policy 2020One of the key reasons why many Indian students today want to study abroad is because their study option hasn’t gained traction or is still not common in India! Even if you come across any of the colleges and universities that offer these courses, these institutions lack the ability to provide the desired career options to students. There are also many opportunities for accessing these less explored and rare courses in countries like the U.S., UK, and Canada.

In India, millions of students compete fiercely to obtain their dream course and later their dream jobs because of a massive population. Admissions to top-tier colleges with far fewer seats are extremely competitive.

Studying abroad is considered as a golden opportunity by most Indians to stay ahead in the game.

Indian students may no longer have to spend huge amounts to earn a foreign degree, thanks to NEP.


The National Education Policy (NEP) that was approved by the Union Cabinet on July 29 places emphasis on making India an attractive study destination. NEP 2020 says that India will be promoted as a global study destination providing premium education at affordable costs. Currently, Indian students spend almost Rs 40,000 crore a year studying abroad.

A part of the new policy is aimed at allowing the top 100 universities of the world to set up campuses in India. A legislative framework will also be initiated to give a special dispensation to these institutes.

The ultimate aim is to ensure that the 100,000-200,000 Indian students who go abroad to study each year stay in India.

Why India needs to attract more international students?


In the past, ministry responsible for education in India, often commented statements like: “India itself has huge demand internally and so we don’t need international students.”

It’s not just those in education who say such things, even Economists ask: “Foreign student kyu chahiye?”. (Why do we need foreign students?)

It is funny to put the case in favour of Globalisation in a nation where 70% of the population are under 30, many of whom are already global as they are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram talking to people from around the world, watching videos on YouTube from different countries and visiting and learning about various cultures and markets and foreign languages.

Why can’t we promote internationalisation of our education system? There are huge benefits of building a ‘Study in India’ programme.

Indian Economy will flourish with Foreign Exchange and Cultural Diversity:

India is young, energetic and optimistic about the new age of digital disruption. We see a lot of initiatives around, such as the Digital India programme, Make in India and Start-up India. It is time for India to understand what will be possible when our campuses can generate international success stories.

Make in India demonstrates the Indian government’s vision of making India the new manufacturing world capital, but it will require input from the Education sector and the Human Resource Development Ministry. How will a company from Japan, Korea or any other place in the world feel comfortable investing in Indian manufacturing if they don’t have any talent from their own country present here to represent them?

Such companies will want people who are from their own background and culture as a part of their middle and top management team. If we don’t create the right ecosystem for people to come and study or work in India, then these companies will take for ever to set up offices in India.

How will New Education Policy achieve the ‘Study in India’ ambition?

India’s New Education Policy aims at having university campuses that are diverse and global, we will be able to trainStudying-Abroad-vs-India_-768x431 our young students about the different perspectives, lifestyles, behaviours and mental models around the world. To have that knowledge and experience will be the biggest differentiating factor in the 21st century for young Indians.

Under the leadership and Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who understands the value and benefits of globalisation, many steps that students recommended for so many years has been heard and soon to be implemented by the National Educational Policy-makers.

For universities it is this enabling environment that will help them prosper. They will now concentrate on the outreach and brand-building exercise to increase diversity however the education in language will ensure a strong foundation of our Indian heritage. We are in the middle of a ‘revolution’ from the consumers/students on our campuses. They want to learn on a global campus and, with the right framework, we should be able to achieve a goal of getting 100,000 foreign students to India by 2025.

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This is not the first time that the government is proposing the entry of foreign institutions through an India campus. The Foreign Educational (Regulations of Entry and Operations) Bill 2010 proposed to allow international institutes to enter India and set up campuses in the country. However, it has been a long wait since then because lawmakers could not arrive at a consensus on the model.









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Kritika Krishnakumar

Kritika is a News Reporter and Creative Content Writer at The Indian Wire. An ambitious Student with curious nature towards learning. Also, an inspiring Teacher in the field of Accountancy, Economics, Mathematics and Commerce.

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