Is India becoming the new hub of education? Yes it is. Contrary to all the popular beliefs of India being a Third World country which produces clerks and students who can only regurgitate the curriculum, education is getting a makeover in India. Although it is true that a majority of the population is still illiterate and much needs to be done at the grass-root levels, Indian students have nevertheless made their presence felt in every country which offers higher education, from the U.S. to Australia. This could be due to the fact that getting an education is considered of utmost importance – the only asset that can uplift you and let you explore higher grounds. Better education means better jobs and a better lifestyle. Which is why families spend nearly a quarter of their income on providing for the children’s education and making provisions for higher education.
Globalization has opened many doors. More and more youngsters now aspire to go abroad for higher education and then to come back to India to land high paying jobs. Cashing in on this potential are foreign universities themselves, who now collaborate with Indian universities/institutes for granting degrees and certifications for courses like MBA, Clinical Research, Accounting, Engineering and like. Students get the best of both worlds by studying part of their degree in India and part abroad. They are enriched through exposure to international learning/teaching standards and interaction with international peers. Foreign universities also offer exchange programs and on job training to their students so that they can experience the culture and working difference in India.
The seeming lack of infrastructure, red tape, bureaucracy and corruption make India a difficult place to survive. The order under this chaos demands and ensures survival of the fittest and at the same time a completely new perspective. Students who learn tricks of the trade in India will find operations outside India a cakewalk. Which is why more and more multi-national corporations who outsource work to India for cost effectiveness encourage their employees in India and abroad to take up courses in India to understand this market better.
Countries like China, Japan or Korea which traditionally did not resort to using English language, now look at India for guidance. A recent article in Times of India elaborated how Indian teachers are being recruited to teach English in Japanese schools/colleges and vocational institutes. Summing up, each country has its pros and cons, but India is definitely on its way to becoming a new hub of education, higher education and opportunities.