India attracting Thai, Nepalese students

Jun 08 2008, 23:52 IST
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SummaryThai and Nepalese students prefer Indian educational institutions as they provide quality education at low cost, according to Vivek Shukla, marketing & projects head of Afairs, which organises education fairs in India and abroad.

Thai and Nepalese students prefer Indian educational institutions as they provide quality education at low cost, according to Vivek Shukla, marketing & projects head of Afairs, which organises education fairs in India and abroad.

"We act as a bridge between Indian institutions and Thai and Nepalese students," Shukla said on the sidelines of a press meet to inaugurate an admission fair for under- and post-graduate courses on Saturday.

Around 65 Indian institutions are participating in the event.

Thai and Nepalese students come to India not only for post- or under-graduate programmes, but also for primary education.

Thailand and Nepal have limited quality educational institutions. So there is a huge gap between demand and supply that India is helping to fill.

Around 17,000 under- and post-graduate students from Thailand and 10,000 from Nepal come to India each year, Shukla said. "But these numbers are expected to rise by 12-15%," he said.

He said most Thai and Nepalese students prefer humanities and engineering.

As far as primary education is concerned, around 2000 Thai students get admitted to Indian boarding and international schools each year.

The students from both countries target mainly schools and colleges in north and south India.

"We organise one education fair in Thailand and one in Nepal each year to disseminate information on Indian institutions," Shukla said.

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