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Increase in Amdavadi students opting for British varsities Monday, June 11, 2001
Ahmedabad, June 10: It seems that British universities are enticing more students from Ahmedabad for higher education. The fact that the number of Amdavadi students opting for higher studies in UK is increasing is evident from the figures – the number of students, who had gone to UK for further studies has increased from 30 in 1999 to 60 in 2000.
Officials concerned, observe that the numbers have surpassed 100 students in the current year.
“One of the important reason for increasing awareness among the students of the city is the education fair that was organised in November 2000.
Around 40 reputed British universities took part in the fair and 1,500 students attended the fair compared to the fair that was held in 1997 when a mere eight universities took part,” said the manager of the British library in the city, Mr Satish Deshpande.
He added, “With an increasing availability of information regarding British education, more Indian students and Amdavadi students in particular are opting for higher education in UK..” According to Prof. Rahul Gandhi, who is an Ahmedabad-based educational consultant for foreign education, “Initially British education was considered conservative and expensive.
But the outlook changed soon after British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced last year to offer more privileges to international students, and introduction of Training and Work Experience (TWE) and other such schemes wherein international students are allowed to work for two year in Britain after the completion of their courses, has excelled the prospects of British universities in India.”
The number of students coming for counselling to British Library and private educational consultants regarding admission prospects in British universities have also increased over years and it has contributed in more.
“In the last two months, around 70 students seeking admission in the British universities have come for guidance,” informed Mr Deshpande. While explaining the reason for opting for a British university one of the student Chetan Shah (24), who had applied for a degree course in computer science said, “The reason for this is the introduction of sandwich courses of four years by the universities.”
Wherein a student have to study for the first two years and go for an industrial placement for the third year where he would be paid as an regular employee and again come to the university in the fourth year and complete the course. The industry placement is provided by the university and it really gives a great exposure to the students.”
Commenting on the economic viability of studying in Britain compared to other countries one aspiring graduate student who has applied for post graduate admission in biotechnology in a British university said, “Normally the Masters course in Britain takes one year compared to two years in other foreign countries.
It saves the fees of the students, as they have to pay around 6500 pounds for the entire course compared to around $25000 to $30000 for just one year of study. Moreover the number of scholarships for international students have also increased.”
News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]