Foreign Varsities to receive payment in Indian rupee
Anil Kapur, Regional Divisional Director for India and Middle East, Western Union told media persons that “the new service had been launched today from Punjab because this state sends large number of students abroad for studies”.
Kapur said that “over 200,000 Indian students study abroad each year, making India the second largest market for international students in the world after China. Indian students who choose to study abroad grew by over 250 percent between 2000 and 2009, with overall numbers increasing from 53,000 to more than 189,000 during that period. 2
Quoting from a recent study, he said that the United States, United Kingdom and Australia are the top three destinations for Indian students. Indian students who go abroad are typically invoiced in the currency of their university which often makes the payment process cumbersome and expensive. In many cases, intermediary fees impact the final amount received by the university so the students still owe money before commencing their studies.
Western Union’s new service will enable participating schools and universities to offer Indian students the option to pay tuition fees in their home currency. It will be offered by Weizmann Forex and and Paul Merchants Limited, the two largest Western Union Agents in India. Both Weizmann Forex and Paul Merchants Limited will make this product
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