So, what is something that attracts so many foreign students choose India as the most ‘favorable country’ to get higher education in India?
“India is academically strong along with being economical which is not the case with the US and EU. In India, English is a widely spoken second language whereas for us it is a foreign language. Therefore, the teachers here have a better understanding and command over the language," said Hussain.
Hussain who hails from Sudan feels very much at home as he pursues English at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.
Some of the premium B-schools in the world is in the United States and Europe, yet students choose to study in India. Why? Not probably the politically propelled agenda of "India being culturally rich and traditional" but mainly because the country has predictably incited great global curiosity over the years.
For John Christian, who is from Windchoek, Namibia, is pursuing masters in economics at JNU; it is traveling and sports that fascinate him the most about India.
"I like the cultural versatility here and that is unique to India. I have traveled a lot in and around Delhi and down south to Goa. It is fun and also a great learning experience."
Nowhere on Earth will one find an ingenious burst of cultures and religions, races, and tongues. It is this diversity which provides an incredible assembly for experiences that are inimitably Indian. Today’s modern day India exhibits the biggest democracy in the world with a seamless picture of unity in diversity which is beyond compare.
Indian High Commissioner to Kenya Sibabrata Tripathi said that universities in India have remained popular in Africa because of the quality of education, the use of English, costs, and quality.
"India offers quality higher education at an affordable cost. The use of English as a medium of instruction, reasonable living costs, the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in the country, similarity of life experience in a developing country and the presence of foreign student communities from various countries continue to act as an attraction," as quoted by Tripathi to IANS.
Coming to the cost and the affordability, India is the cheapest place for an international student to attend a university with the annual expenditure coming to just USD 5,642 (estimating approximately to 3,80,000/-).
Today, it is nearly impossible to overlook the presence of African students on Indian campuses. Quality education, scholarships, and friendly people are what draw them to the Indian education system.For a 22-year-old Jerry Bidi who is a resident of Congo states that India is ‘the’ place to be.
“India is great. People are good and I like living here more than in Congo. I have been here long enough to know that” quotes Jerry.
India has also become a favorite destination for Saudi students who want to pursue courses in management, information technology, engineering, and biotechnology. A large number of Saudi students come to India to polish their English language skills.
“Saudis have a high regard for the Indian education system. They are attracted to the Indian education system because of its high quality, lower costs and better preparation for jobs after graduation.” Says Al- Harithy, a student from Saudi.
Similarly Albara Mohammed Al Ohali, a software engineering graduate who now works with Google in Dubai, summed up his and fellow students’ experience. “Incredible India!”
Saudi student Kholoud Bakr feels she has seen the "technological face of India" she had never imagined about.
India is a magnificent country which never fails to spread its charm with its vibrant culture, state-of-the-art technology and most importantly it gives the feeling of home away from home.
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself”- John Dewey