'Study in India' initiative to boost India's soft power

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'Study in India' initiative to boost India's soft power

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh and diplomats from over 30 countries attended the launch of ‘Study in India’ portal.

Albert Einstein once said: "we owe a lot to the Indians who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made". No doubt, India has been a major station of learning for thousands of years. 

Students across the world will now be able to pursue the education in prominent Indian Educational Institutions. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, launched the Study in India website, (www.studyinindia.gov.in) at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on 18 April 2018, marking the setting in motion of a grand scheme to entice foreign students to study in good Indian higher educational institutions. 

The arrangement will entail the admission of foreign students from 30 countries — with emphasis on South Asia, South East Asia, West Asia and Africa — to study in 160 quality higher educational institutions of India as per NIRF ranks and NAAC grades. The objective of the aspiring and inspiring structure is to increase the number of foreign students in India to 2 lakhs by 2023.

While addressing the occasion, Sushma Swaraj said the quest for knowledge has always been fundamental to India’s culture and civilisation. Throughout our history, India has made seminal contributions to human thought, philosophy, and development. Our ancient philosophical concepts, such as Vasudeva Kuttumbakam and Sarva Dharma Sambhava, remain eternal. The "Study in India’ is an innovative initiative to attract students from our partner countries in South Asia, South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa to come and experience the very best of academic learning from the top institutions in India. This will be achieved through systematic brand-building, identifying quality institutions for receiving the students, creating suitable infrastructure and facilitation structures. The "Study in India Portal” will become a single window to cover all aspects relating to studying in India for foreign students.

Dr. S. B. Majumdar, Founder President, Symbiosis International University was also felicitated by Sushma Swaraj on the occasion. 

In a video message on this occasion, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said ‘Study in India’ initiative will open the gates of the prominent educational institution of India for foreign students.

The Study in India programme would furnish one-stop solution through the establishment of a centralised portal. The website will not only provide information on the latest offerings on Indian education but also ease admissions to the foreign students and help them make abreast selections based on individual abilities and career goals. It is also aimed at easing of visa requirements for international students. This programme is a joint initiative of Ministry of HRD, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

While soft power in the presence of some world class renowned universities is worthwhile in all sorts of ways, the manifestation of a large number of international students will further boost the soft power of India.

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