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Why Indian students go abroad for higher studies

Staying abroad for higher studies means higher costs and, of course, the emotional distress of living away from one’s family. So, why do Indian students do it? It is certainly more than having fun and experiencing an element of change in a foreign land.

When you look at the educational facilities in foreign countries, you can see that the standards in India haven’t improved to a great extent in recent years. The Indian education system struggles largely because of rote learning and an over-reliance on the traditional ways of teaching. As a result, the understanding of practical applications of theoretical learning is seriously lacking. Classes don’t come alive and a lot is lost because modern technology and interactive sessions are not used to their fullest benefit.

As the prevalent system continues, students don’t have the freedom to experiment, and often their problems don’t get heard. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to see students losing interest and to watch their academic performance suffer. There is a serious dearth of teaching talent not only in schools but colleges as well, which is another detriment to a student’s education.

Balancing student and work life in India is difficult because of the rigid structure and burdensome rules. However, that’s not the case abroad because students can choose the classes they want to take and earn money through part-time jobs. Thus, Indian students who study abroad can manage to fund their education. And, as an added bonus, they are exposed to students of all age groups, which is a learning experience in itself.

There are a few institutes in India, such as the IIMs and XLRI, that use new technology in their educational instruction. But these institutes are few and far between; and, not everyone can get into them. Other colleges don’t have proper infrastructure for the students, who in some instances don’t even have access to the Internet. The slides and OHPs that are used for teaching are outdated and that puts serious limitations on learning outcomes.

Given all these factors, it’s not difficult to understand why Indian students go abroad for further education. Not only do they get immense exposure, but they have access to the best facilities and infrastructure too. Teachers are more accepting of a questioning attitude in the classroom, which results in a more enriched learning experience. It’s something Indian institutes and the Indian government have to think about and act upon because, till then, it makes a lot of sense for students to go abroad to continue their studies.