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India Sets Goal of 500000 Foreign Students By 2027

March 04, 2024

India's ambition to become a global education hub received a boost as BVR Subrahmanyam, CEO of the National Institution for Transforming India, unveiled plans to attract half a million international students by 2047. Addressing the 18th FICCI Higher Education Summit, Subrahmanyam stressed the importance of leveraging Artificial Intelligence to enhance competitiveness in attracting global talent.

According to the All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2020/21 report, India is already a preferred destination, hosting over 48,000 international students from 163 countries. With Nepal, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh leading the pack, the country is actively seeking to diversify its student demographics and expand its educational offerings.

Subrahmanyam emphasized the need for more student cities and private sector involvement to bolster India's higher education landscape. He envisions India as a leading provider of quality education, underpinned by innovation and industry-aligned curricula.

Highlighting the importance of skill development, Subrahmanyam stressed the need to revamp the educational system to produce job-ready graduates. This focus on practical skills aligns with India's broader goal of nurturing talent for the global workforce.

The surge in international student enrolments reflects India's growing appeal as a study abroad destination. While the majority of students hail from neighboring countries, efforts to attract students from the United States and South Korea are gaining momentum. The significant increase in American students studying in India underscores the country's rising stature in the global education landscape.

As India charts its course towards educational excellence, collaborations with international partners and concerted efforts to enhance infrastructure and curriculum quality are key. With a strategic vision and proactive initiatives, India is poised to emerge as a premier destination for higher education on the global stage.