Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Grad school enrollment

Admissions to foreign students in US graduate schools grow. The article in Chronicle says,

Much of that growth is fueled by a 23-percent expansion in offers of admission to prospective students from China, the sixth consecutive year of double-digit gains.
Admissions offers to students from India also jumped, by 8 percent, the first uptick in prospective students from that country since fall of 2007. India trails only China as the largest source of international students to the United States.
Offers of admission to students from South Korea, however, remained flat, compared to 2010, after four years in a row of declines.
Together, those three countries account for half of all non-U.S. citizens on student visas at American graduate schools.
On the contrary, a 10% increase in graduate school enrollment was not possible in India during the period of 1980 to 2005. Suddenly, the enrolment increased by 54% as the OBC quota was implemented and the government forced IITs (and IISc) to expand ! IISc has continued to expand its graduate school enrollment with the number of registered post graduate students crossing 3000 for the first time in its history.

You can also read a comparison of academic performances of Indian, Chinese and American students in UT-Austin.


Vinay said...

Many of the students who go to the US for studies, do so without funding. Moreover, since they are foreign students, the universities charge them fees which are almost 3-4 times more than what US citizens pay. So, universities do not have any financial burden on them and almost profit out of foreign students.

But in India, that is not the case. The government hasn't made any such provision for students here. So, I guess, the system doesn't allow easy expansion as most of the graduate education is funded by the government.

Giri@iisc said...

Thanks for your comment. However, scholarships are available for everyone who passes GATE. More than 30,000 candidates qualify in GATE every year and are eligible for seats with scholarship. Thus government has no problem in funding all of them. However, all IITs put together offer than 3000 seats for master's students.



Paresh Mathur said...

I wonder why is this lack of quality higher education in India. I know better humans than me have pondered this issue but as a undergrad yearning to get into a good grad school I am amazed at the limited choices that I have. It seems that most of the schools in India are focused on giving degrees rather than actually teaching/learning/ research process.

Anonymous said...

How many Masters students do NITs graduate every year?



Vikram said...

Thank you for sharing my blog post Dr. Madras. I think there is a great desire among many Indian graduates to do PhDs and it is imperative that we evolve our universities and institutes into better PhD granting institutions.

Giri@iisc said...

I do agree with you. Currently, the number of Indians graduating with Ph.D's in engineering in USA is higher than the number of Indians graduating with Ph.D's in engineering in India.

I have written about this sometime back in detail with statistics.