For the past few years, the high cut-offs of various courses in the Indian universities have given sleepless nights to students who have failed to enter the elite ’95 per cent and above club’.
Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College has already released its first cut-off for English Honors which is at 99 per cent for Commerce students.
Last year, the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) had declared 97.37 per cent for B Com (Hons) in the first list while the BA course of Mumbai University’s Ruia college was at 90.92 per cent.
Even the ‘not-so-popular’ colleges have put up high cut-offs.
Keeping this scenerio in mind, many students have started opting for private or foreign universities. Staffordshire University’s (UK) head of international recruitment, Dr Lisa Blenkinsop says that the University is receiving a lot of inquiries for undergraduate courses.
“We have received approximately 180 applications for the September 2016 intake. Approximately 40 of these applications were received in May-June 2016,” says Blenkinsop.
As per the ‘Open Doors Report’ 2015 on international educational exchange, the number of Indian students heading to the US for higher education recorded a robust jump of 29.4 per cent (1,32,888 students) in the academic year 2014-15.
Director of Undergraduate Studies of University of Warwick, Elizabeth Jones says that the Indian youth is showing curiosity for many programmes. “The enrollments last year saw a 13 per cent increase. A similar trend can be expected for this academic year,” she said.
DeVry University of the United States has also seen a growth in STEM courses. DeVry Education Group’s Managing Director-International, Ranil Herath elaborated, “Among STEM courses, Computer Information Systems are a hot favourite. Computer engineering technology and business courses have always been popular among Indian students.”
While the traditional favourites such as engineering, economics and management programmes continue to invite applications, computer science, law, journalism and public relations programmes are also steadily gaining interest.
Among Indian states, foreign universities programmes are most popular with students from Delhi and Maharashtra.
Elizabeth Jones said, “Delhi and Maharashtra rank the highest in terms of the number of applications received. Maharashtra this year has exceeded by a fair margin. The interesting bit is that numbers from many small tier 3 towns are also on the rise.”
Mrinalini Batra of International Educational Exchange, a career counselling firm, said that there has been a phenomenal increase in admissions since 2010-12. “During the 90s, 80 per cent students used to opt for engineering and the rest were for MBA. There were few takers of undergraduate courses. But due to high cut-offs and awareness about various courses taught abroad, there has been an upward surge in UG courses as well. Many students like the idea of combining different subjects like science with sociology in their majors. Also, parents are willing to spend money,” said Batra.
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