Someone’s loss can be someone else’s gain. Alliance University’s Chancellor, Prof. Sudhir G Angur, in a recent interview, has expressed optimism regarding the ban imposed upon the citizens of six Muslim-majority countries by US President Donald Trump.
According to Sudhir G Angur, President Trump banning citizens of the six countries from entering the US could benefit countries like India, especially in the education sector. “Unlike the US, India doesn’t have any restrictions imposed over people from these countries immigrating for education. Indian educational institutions offer excellent education at relatively lower fees. I believe this makes India an ideal alternative education destination,” he said.
His statement came in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s approval to ban citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the country for any purpose. While the ban would directly affect the inflow of tourists, it would also have its impact felt upon the enrolment of students in various American universities.
Although countries like the US, Russia, France, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been the top drawing countries for the students from the Muslim-majority countries; Sudhir G Angur believes that this trend is going to change after Trump’s ban. “Students from Muslim-majority countries would now look out for alternative destinations for their higher studies, where the environment is friendlier and safer,” he said.
The Alliance University Chancellor continued, “Educational institutions of several countries are now trying to attract students from the countries banned by Donald Trump. India could certainly be a preferred destination for these students, owing to the affordability and great quality of education the country has to offer.”
About 45,424 international students were enrolled in India during the academic session 2015-16, out of which 42% of the total students hailed from Muslim-majority countries. The share of top sending countries was Afghanistan (20%), Nigeria (10%), Sudan (10%), Malaysia (9%), UAE (7%) and Iran (7%).
During the last three years, the growth of inbound students was 15% in India in total, with 27% students coming from Muslim-majority countries, which is higher than the growth rate of students coming to India from other nations. This clearly indicates that number of students from Muslim-majority countries visiting India for higher education, is going to be larger in the years to come.
According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, about 42 institutions in India are ranked among the top 1,000 institutions across the world. This is a welcome increase against the previous 31 in 2017.
“These figures are a clear indicator of the fact that India holds the potential of emerging as an alternative educational preference for overseas students by improving overall education standards,” said the Chancellor.