Fixing Indian higher education is the ideal way to rescue students
SummaryIndia must not just aim to fulfil swelling demand but also reform the entire sector for the empowerment of human resources
Indian students going abroad for education is not a new phenomenon. Enrolling in a foreign university for higher education is a well-accepted path across India. Besides exposure, foreign universities provide high-quality education and often also job assurance, and importantly, it typically helps elevate the social as well as economic status of the family. This multitude of benefits makes foreign education attractive and lucrative in the long run. However, at times like the covid pandemic or the current war situation in Ukraine, students stand at a loss. We have witnessed the plight of Indian students who were stranded in Ukraine. Two years earlier, India undertook one of its largest rescue operations from China after the onset of the covid pandemic. In both these situations, students had to suffer on educational, economic, mental health and physical fronts. The abrupt discontinuation of foreign education takes a severe toll on students. But we must ponder why students in such large numbers prefer to go abroad for education.