Selection: Best Students Stay in India others fly to the US

Selection: Best Students Stay in India others fly to the US
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An interesting piece from the NYT shows how the small number of top universities in India have a hard time to accept all good students. To be accepted by the Delhi University, students must be excellent with exceptional grades. Others have to apply to the US Ivy leagues…

Currently about 16% of the US students are foreign students. With this long lasting economic crisis, it is very unlikely that a majority of these students will remain in the US after their graduation. This is another brain drain to take into account. Moreover, the current US high cost education system is unsustainable. A sky rocketing number of new grads are unable to pay back their dozen of thousands of dollars loans. How can the country possibly maintain its leadership if at the same time, education is unaffordable and students uninterested in education?

NYT: “NEW DELHI — Moulshri Mohan was an excellent student at one of the top private high schools in New Delhi. When she applied to colleges, she received scholarship offers of $20,000 from Dartmouth and $15,000 from Smith. Her pile of acceptance letters would have made any ambitious teenager smile: Cornell, Bryn Mawr, Duke, Wesleyan, Barnard and the University of Virginia.

“The problem is clear,” said Kapil Sibal, the government minister overseeing education in India, who studied law at Harvard. “There is a demand and supply issue. You don’t have enough quality institutions, and there are enough quality young people who want to go to only quality institutions.”

American universities and colleges have been more than happy to pick up the slack. Faced with shrinking returns from endowment funds, a decline in the number of high school graduates in the United States and growing economic hardship among American families, they have stepped up their efforts to woo Indian students thousands of miles away.”


Photos Credits: Professor Sree Sreenivasan in Delhi By U.S. Embassy New Delhi / FlickR – East meets West: the U.S.-India open government dialogue By opensourceway / FlickR