Ground Report | New Delhi: Globally by 2030; The number of applications and online test takers for availing scholarships provided under the Study in India (SII) program increased by 145.6% and 651.9% respectively, giving a major boost to the scheme, which otherwise was struggling to take off for the past three years. The number of countries from where students participated in the program also increased from 12 in 2020-21 to 136 in 2021-22.
1 in every 4 graduate in world
As per data of Higher Education in India: Vision 2030, the number of applications crossed the 50,000 marks this year, from 20,659 in 2020. Out of 50,739 applicants, 72.8% took the online exam held on July 25, 2021, up from 23.8% last year.
Launched in 2018-19, the SII programme, now named Pragati (Performance Rating of Applicants through the Global Aptitude Test for Indian Institutions), was launched by the government for foreign students to pursue their higher education in Indian institutions. Struggled despite being awarded scholarships.
The first year saw no participation, and the second and third years also received lukewarm responses. In 2019 only 800 applied for 12,000 scholarships, while the following year only 1,200 applied for 2,500 scholarships.
Secretary (Higher Education), Ministry of Education, Amit Khare said: “When a student comes to India, whether it is from European countries or America or Africa, they not only for academic ranking but also for the type of living conditions. Looking for. In terms of the hostel, transport, etc. So, the change we are bringing is partly the academic rankings and also the choice of the students. We cannot just ask students to come to the Indian Institute of Science or IIT. It is possible that some other institutions may have better facilities and a foreign student may find it more comfortable.”
Globally by 2030
Being the second-largest English-speaking country in the world, India is expected to supply 47 million skilled talent by 2030 against an estimated demand of 56 million in developed countries. Furthermore, globally by 2030, 1 in 4 graduates will be a product of the Indian education system, according to a report published by Ernest & Young – FICCI.
Another survey conducted on 800 MBA students across different cities of India revealed that only 23% of them were considered employable. Therefore, there is an urgent need for a holistic and symbiotic collaboration between industry and academia to produce employable graduates. There is also an urgent need to move from a ‘general model’ of education to a ‘learner-centered model of education. Students should be mentored to pursue a career in the areas of their strengths and abilities