There has been a decline in the gross enrolment of Indians pursuing higher education in the United States, but India continues to be the leading place of origin for international students in the US.
Open Doors 2006, an annual report on international academic mobility, published by New York-based Institute of International Education, with support from the US department of state’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, states that the number of Indian students decreased by 5% in 2005-06 over the previous year.
While there were 80,466 Indian students in the US in 2004-05, the number fell to 76,503 in the 2005-06 academic session.
However, Indians constitute 13% of international students in the US, the highest segment of students from any country, followed by China (62,582), Korea (58,847), Japan (38,712), Canada (28,202) and Taiwan (27,876).
The total number of foreign students in the US in 2005-06 stood at 5,64,766.
The United States Education Foundation in India (USEFI), however, said there was no decline in fresh enrolment of Indian students in the US.
“The decline of 5% in the students’ strength pertains to gross enrolment. It does not indicate that the flow of Indian students for the 2005-06 academic year has declined. Rather, there has been a 32% increase in student visas issued to Indians,” said Vijaya Khandavilli, country coordinator of Education Advisory Services at USEFI.