India is the land of people like Aryabhatta, a mathematician and an astronomer, who introduced the world to the concept of zero and placed India on the global map with his research. Even before the British Raj started in the country, it had a great number of thinkers and scientists (who were not called by this word). The country has a great potential to be a global hub for higher education if certain changes are made. Much before the Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) came into existence, the country had Taxila University as it is called today, Nalanda University, Vikramashila University, Somapura University and others that laid the foundations for higher education.
There are various proofs that state India’s strong educational background as compared to Britain and the United States, which have now become the global hub for higher education for students from all over the world. For historical reasons, India had strengths in all its phases, be it the post Independence era, pre-British era or the time before that. India had a variety of languages due to its diversity but it lacked in certain spheres when compared to other countries. When the Britishers left in 1947, English had become a part of the language here and also its natural advantage today. The forefathers of the country, in particular, Jawaharlal Nehru seized the advantage and took some steps towards creating a better education system in the country. English is the world’s most important language and now Indians are well versed in it.
Today, the United Kingdom and the United States are the biggest destinations for students when it comes to higher education. But India is not far behind. According to C. Marks, a Professor at Cornell University, as quoted by Indian Express, India is the 14th most popular destination when it comes to higher education. While the expenses here are far less than that of US and UK, it can become a destination for students from around the world.