It’s never easy for an Indian to overlook the fundamental flaws in the education system which have not been addressed and resolved. Every individual gets an education with the ambition to secure a high-paying job that ensures at least a six-figure remuneration. But in reality, the Indian education system does not provide suitable courses to achieve these goals. For this reason, students in India are increasingly moving to 1st world countries for higher education.
In 2013, the number of Indian undergraduates moving abroad for their higher education was nearly 464,000, and this trend has been growing swiftly. Most of the internationally mobile students in India usually head to the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. With a whopping 400,000 Indian students, the USA ranks first when it comes to study-abroad destinations.
The UK gets almost 42,000 Indian students every year. The United Kingdom also scores the highest among the European nations as the study abroad destination for Indian students. Did you know, before the emergence of the USA in the educational arena, the UK was the most popular choice for international students?
The Flaws in India’s Education System:
Before we examine why Indian students love of the UK, let’s examine why so many students want to leave India. It is discouraging that despite being the world's third largest education system, Indian universities are falling flat when compared to the universities in the United Kingdom such as Oxford and Cambridge.
The Rate Of Students Staying In India For Higher Studies:
The gross enrollment rate in India is 6% below the average GER of the world. The GER denotes the number of students enrolling in institutions of higher education every year. Although India has the largest number of teenagers in the world, only 19% of them remain here for their post-school studies, which amounts to only 20 million, according to NASSCOM.
The difference between the number of schools and number of universities is also an unattended issue. As a result, you can see that not all the students who pass their school board exam get the opportunity to study in colleges in India due to the lack of places.
The Corruption In the Education Industry of India:
The short sighted edu-business community is taking advantage of this loophole, and in every nook and corner, you can see an institution mushrooming overnight. You can’t deny that education has now become an opportunity for lucrative business. But, if you expect a high standard of education in these apparently promising institutions, then you’ll be shocked. Not only do they have poor infrastructure, but they also don't even have suitably qualified faculty members - despite having high tuition fees.
Lack of Job Opportunities:
Apart from these issues related to education, there is the lack of opportunities when it comes to jobs. Thousands of students become eligible to join the workforce every year, but where are the jobs? The growth in job opportunities is much lower than the rising number of eligible candidates. Hence, India suffers from large-scale unemployment.
Why the UK Is The Best Option For Studying Abroad?
If you are opting to study abroad, the first thing that comes to mind is the host country and how it will welcome you. Many candidates wanting to study at British universities were apprehensive of Brexit. But both the UK and EU have advised students not to be afraid as there will be no sudden change for the next two years. In fact, Brexit can be quite beneficial for Indian students as the value of the pound will drop, making the fees considerably lower than before.
If you are looking study in the UK, here are top reasons why you have made the right decision.
You Will Find More Internationally Recognised Institutions:
Many of the world's top universities are located in the UK. Being one of the most preferred destinations for higher education, the UK has three of the world’s best universities. Moreover, the degrees you earn from the UK universities will be recognised worldwide by employers and educational institutions.
Here are the top five universities in the UK:
- University of Oxford: Did you know that Indira Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh studied at the Oxford University.
- University of Cambridge: India’s first Prime Minister J.L. Nehru and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen studied at Trinity College which is part of Cambridge University.
- Imperial College, London: Sir Alexander Fleming who was famous for his invention of Penicillin, was an alumni of Imperial College of London.
- University College London: Mahatma Gandhi studied law at UCL.
- London School of Economics And Political Science (LSE): R. Ambedkar got his master degree from LSE.
There is a high rate of employment for people who have studied at these top universities.
Higher Standard of Education:
Because of the high standard of education, the UK is preferred and recommended by many international students. Continuing its tradition of providing an unmatched education, the UK comes sixth in the World’s education and 2nd in Europe, as published in Pearson 2014.
The organisation assesses the standard of teaching and research to check whether the UK is maintaining its tradition. London is rated as the 5th most student-friendly city in the world. In the UK, you will have an excellent environment for research and development as well as the academic and intellectual freedom which is not available in other countries..
Higher Number of Lucrative Opportunities After Studies:
The UK’s Minister for Science and Universities has declared that all Indian students are welcome in Great Britain, not just for the purpose of higher education but to join the workforce too. According to him, studying in the UK is a “brain gain, not a brain drain”. He also assured that British Universities are ready to offer help to the Indian students with their rich education so that they can prove themselves competent in the global economy.
In the UK, you also have a wide variety of careers to choose from. With 150,000 courses offered by recognised colleges and universities in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, you can pursue the specific career of your choice. To add to that, it takes a much shorter time to complete a Master’s Degree in the UK, compared to the USA and other countries.
You can also save time if you combine your Master’s program with a PhD. The UK Education system offers courses that comprise of different subjects and also promotes more student teacher interaction with a productive approach to learning.
The education system also provides English language support for the non-English speaking learners.
Better Infrastructure For Research:
Despite being one of the least populated nations, it is amazing to note that the UK publishes 15.9% of the well-researched scholarly articles and 6.4% of journal articles. 30% of the research conducted by colleges and universities in the UK is “world-leading” and 46% is “internationally excellent”, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework.
In the fields of Clinical science, health and medical science, business, humanities and social science, UK provides a strong infrastructure for research. Can you imagine, 95,184 doctoral degrees were awarded in the UK between the years 2009-2013? Isn’t that a reason to choose the UK for higher studies?
Why is the UK a better choice than the US for Higher Education?
You might suffer from a dilemma and can’t choose between the USA and the UK as most of the top universities are located in these two countries. But in many ways, the UK is a better option for you.
It takes more time to finish your education in the USA than in the UK. Degree programs are usually 1 year longer in the USA.
In the UK, the system is more organised as there are different colleges under a university, dedicated to specific subjects. While in the USA, you have to apply to large universities and complete courses in different fields.
When it comes to cost, neither of these countries are cheap. But tuition fees and the cost of living is a bit lower in the UK than in the USA.
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