Study abroad: Have you done
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AARTI DHAR: Make sure your
dreams of studying in a foreign country are backed by a due verification
Indian students aspiring to travel abroad for higher education need to learn
a few lessons from the recent happenings at London Metropolitan University,
and California-based Tri Valley University last year.
First, the necessity to ascertain the quality of the institution one is
seeking admission into and, second, the importance of strict adherence to
rules and regulations. Any violation of regulations of the host country or
educational institution can land anyone in trouble — the violators
themselves as well as the innocent who often end up paying the price for the
deeds of others.
Without getting into the debate over the controversial decision of the
British government to ban London Metropolitan University (LMU) from teaching
non-European Union foreign students fearing they were potential immigrants,
the facts remains that it has impacted over 300 Indian students. And if news
reports are to be believed, families of several Indian students have sold
off their land and properties to send their children to study in Britain.
“We have taken up the issue with the U.K. government through our High
Commission to accommodate Indian students,’’ Union Human Resource
Development Minister Kapil Sibal told The Hindu. “However, when students
apply to universities abroad they must exercise diligence about the quality
of the institution they are seeking admission to,’’ he said.
While there is no single-window system in India to get information about the
educational institutions abroad at present, the Ministry of Human Resource
Development is in the process of developing a website where relevant details
would be available at the click of a button. The website, being prepared by
EdCIL and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), has been in
the process of preparation since the Tri Valley episode last year but has
got stuck due to some administrative hiccups.
But until the website is in place, there are several agencies that do
provide the information required about foreign universities.
full article from The Hindu