According to the latest survey by HSBC on overseas education trends in India, around 44 percent of the Indian parents would prefer a ‘foreign’ education for their children. Countries like the US, Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Canada, etc. are some of the most preferred destinations for the students as per the Indian parents.
The reasons given out for choosing to study abroad are studying at top-ranking universities and colleges in the world and a subsequent guarantee in having excellent career opportunities.
However, the reader will find it interesting to note that parents in Australia, the US, and the UK also feel the same way as Indian parents do. 64 percent, 65 percent, and 63 percent respectively of them in these nations share the sentiments of Indian parents and would like to send their children abroad for a good education!
With all educational institutes continuing to conduct classes online, students desirous of foreign education will miss out on the coveted international living and campus experiences.
Why students should not miss out on career prospects available in India?
World-class global education is available right here in India, and no student desiring ‘a foreign education’ should miss out on the opportunities available right here.
Many higher education institutes have global affiliations; some sector specific institutes have global accreditations, thereby, allowing them to impart world-class education and a globally recognized degree coveted by global employers.
How online internships and training programmes help students?
Some of these Indian institutions have been proactive in ensuring continuity in learning for their students even during the pandemic and lockdowns. They ensured learning continuities by starting online internships and organising relevant training programmes.
For the internships, the institutions prepared a list of research topics related to real issues for which the industry is looking for answers. Students then chose their internship projects according to their interests. They were assigned a faculty mentor and an industry expert who guided them in their research.
These internships were interactive, learning-centric, and user-friendly. It is the need of the hour to maintain continuity in education, and also to contribute to the thought leadership.
Campus placements amid coronavirus outbreak:
The active nature of the placement cells in proactive institutions help the students in getting the right fit for their careers within weeks of placement procedures. With the epidemic bringing the economic activities to a grinding halt, hiring across sectors had almost ceased for 4 months.
Despite such a bleak situation, some of the globally accredited institutions have been able to get placement requirement of their students fulfilled both in the domestic and international sectors even during this period.
Institutions that are set up in response to a strong call from the industry to address the challenge of the shortage of skilled professionals, aim to bridge the skill gaps by preparing industry-ready professionals to fulfil global demands.
Globally accredited degrees to students:
Most of the Indian colleges and universities which are offering globally accredited degrees engage students in active learning through class participation, dialogue exchange, case studies, and practical off- and on-campus experiences that make learning fun and meaningful.
These institutions fulfill the market requirements of the market and make a difference both in students’ lives and the education system in India. Students and their parents need to widen their research to find a good fit and utilize their academic years effectively.
– Article by Ashwani Awasthi, Managing Director- RICS School of Built Environment.
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