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Australia and New Zealand Attracts More Indian Students

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Racial attacks and changes in the United State’s immigration policy, and stringent visa policies for the United Kingdom (UK) has hit hard on Indian students’ aspirations and decision to study in these two countries.

According to a recent study by the Open Doors 2016, US universities have witnessed a 26% decline in undergraduate applications from Indian students, and a 15% decline in graduate applications. This has led to Indian students opting for other education avenues.

Australia and New Zealand are being widely preferred by Indian students, which is justified by the fact that the enrolment of Indian students in New Zealand was 53% more than the previous year. According to John Laxon, Regional Director, South and South East Asia and Middle East, Education New Zealand, “New Zealand’s world-class education offerings have been responsible for this rise.

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SAFETY & QUALITY

“Students are choosing New Zealand for one more reason, over more traditional markets such as the United States and United Kingdom due to its safe, welcoming and high quality education environment. For instance, all of New Zealand’s universities are ranked in the top 3% worldwide.

To encourage more India students to come to New Zealand, Education New Zealand, the government agency for international education, have taken several measures, related to specialist subject areas, scholarships, and short-term internships.

Australia is another educational destination for Indian students. It was the second most preferred destination for Indian students in 2016-17 in which 11% of the total students opted for Australia. PG courses here offer an irresistible appeal to Indian students. “As many as 40,561 out of 67,279 students, July 2016 onwards have enrolled in postgraduate programmes in the country. The most popular courses that have suited the Indian students are in management and commerce. They are food, hospitality and personal services; engineering and related technologies; and, information technology.

 

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Times’ World University Ranking: No Indian institute in top 200

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University of Oxford retains first place

Indian institutes continue to perform poorly in global university rankings. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore slid in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018.

SLIDING RANKS

Though IISc remained at top in India, it was placed in the 251-300 groupings of the best universities. IISc was in 201-250 cohort of the previous edition of the ranking. IISc, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur were the top five Indian schools in the 2018 rankings.

As per the ranking survey, IISc slid largely due to drops in its research influence score and research income. While the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay continues to be in the 351-400 band, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur have dropped by one grouping—from 401-500 to 501-600.

“It is disappointing that India has declined in world rankings amid increasing global competition,” said Phil Baty, editorial director of global rankings of THE.

WHY INDIA FAILED

Indian universities performed poorly on internationalisation which measures how successful a school is in attracting foreign students and staff. This is a traditional shortcoming of Indian institutions. “Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India. This prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions,” THE said in an email.

TOP GLOBAL RANKS

Globally, the University of Oxford retains first place in the rankings, followed by Cambridge, which overtook California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, who came in at a joint third. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) completes the top five chart.

Overall, 1,000 universities from 77 countries were ranked by the THE. The US continued to be the top country in terms of the number of universities in the top 200.

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World University Rankings 2018: IISc, IIT Slide, No Indian Institute In Top 200

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In a massive setback to all education institutions and their stakeholders in the country, the leading establishments have further downgraded as they fared poorly in the World University Rankings 2018. In the global list of 1000 educational institutions topped by Oxford and Cambridge, the number of higher Indian education institutions has marginally fallen from 31 to 30, according to the new assessment. One of the biggest reasons for the continual abysmal performances is the relative drop in research influence score and research income.    

Director of Global Ranking Adds

Phil Baty, Editorial Director of Global Rankings, Times Higher Education said, ” Amid the increasing global competition It is disappointing to see that India has further declined in the the World University Rankings.” He further added, “As the India’s flagship Indian Institute of Science moves further away from the elite top 200, other Asian territories such as Singapore, China and Hong Kong are consistently rising up the rankings of their leading universities due to the high and sustained levels of funding.” He also pointed out that Indian institutes were lagging behind on the internationalisation front. “Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India and prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions,” THE said in an email sent on Tuesday.

The Indian Scenario

The sole silver lining this year is the The Indian Institute of Science (IISc). It is the highest ranked institute from the country, though even it had slipped from the 201-250 band to the 251-300 one. Furthermore, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur, which were among the best Indian institutions toppled down to the 501-600 band from their last year’s position of 401- 500 club. IIT Bombay is still in the 351-400 band, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee also retained their positions in the 501-600 bracket.

 

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Meet Mechanical Engineering: The Hottest pick in BTech that Computer Science is losing out to

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As the industries across the world fluctuate along with global influences, the latest of such ups and downs in the field of Engineering is with Mechanical Industries and those based on Computer Sciences. Subsequently, similar effects can be felt in academics, with more and more students opting for ME than computer sciences. The trend seems to changing fast, Engineering is being revisited. Pipping Electronics and Communications has led to a surge in applications for mechanical branches in colleges all over the country, and that its poised to overtake an uncertain IT and software industry.

 

What to the Experts Say

Experts believe that while engineering courses continue to be a big draw for students in this part of the world, its 70-odd options undergo a life cycle of their own. According to research, the decision to pick out a particular course taken students and faculties alike is based on the the enterprise boom that’s translated by the availability of greater jobs and higher earning.

Many experts believe that the sun is setting at the computer sciences and technology engineering stream. As per the statistics, 25.44% of all college students opted for computer branches in 2013-14, while around 24% selected the stream this year. Numbers for Mechanical Engineering are rising, 21.6% students for this year as compared to 20.22% for the year 2013-14.

 

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Even though the seat intake for engineering is on the decline (from 16.3 lakh in 2013-14 to about 14.7 lakh this 12 months), experts feel the course will continue to have lakhs of takers. IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthy added: “Due to uncertainty in IT, students are opting for mechanical – because mechanical students can join IT companies, though the reverse is not possible.” VC of Chemical Technology Institute, GD Yadav added: “There is so much new construction, new infrastructure, machinery and mechanical engineers are needed everywhere.”

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