Study abroad: Why Indians prefer to go overseas to pursue UG courses

Studying abroad is a common dream among many Indian students such that the number of students applying for universities in other countries has been on the rise with every passing year. This hype can be observed with reports like the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange which has pointed out that international students at US colleges have surpasses one million in the academic year of 2015-16.

One of every six international students in the US is from India, according to the report and many three fourths of these students are pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. Meanwhile the Indian Students Mobility report, 2016 noted that about 85 per cent of Indian students looking for colleges abroad tend to head towards USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

The following points explain the hype around foreign universities and all the pros and cons one should consider before stepping out of the country.


1. Less competition

Many of the students who opt for undergraduate level programmes in universities abroad are those who prefer not to be involved in the competitive education environment of India which can get aggressive. The ratio of the number of applicants to number of seats available in India is high.

One should understand that performance in entrance tests cannot indicate whether or not a student can absorb the course content. Having said that, students who doubt whether they can get through the entrance tests and do not want to fail, opt to pursue the undergraduate courses in universities abroad.

2. Settling abroad

The second reason why students want to go abroad is because they think that their future is outside India. They believe that by pursuing an undergraduate degree in a foreign country they can get a job there and eventually land the country’s citizenship. Settling down in USA, UK, Australia and some other such countries is attractive to many. However, things have changed these days.

The assumption that you can eventually settle down in the country if you study there, is repeatedly proving wrong. Governments of most countries are making it clear that if you come to the country for studies, you have to go back after the course. So, you have read the immigration policies of a country thoroughly before you decide the future course of action.

3. Theory

Undergraduate programmes in India are theoretical and tough as compared to those in universities abroad. But the practical orientation of undergraduate students abroad is more compared to their Indian counterparts. The few who are well versed with the theories of subjects like mathematics, physics and chemistry can survive anywhere.

Students who do not have a strong footing in theoretical concepts may not do so well in India but have a better chance abroad. While Indian curriculum is skewed in favour of theory, the emphasis on theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge is well balanced in the US.

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Studying in foreign universities results in well rounded personality development of students. They pick up communication skills, learn to live alone, manage with limited money, adjust in unfamiliar environment and develop high focus on career. So studying abroad develops personality. It brings out the best in the person.


1. Jobs

Employers in India do not treat all the universities abroad equally. They respect students from top universities and willingly employ them. However, students from other universities are treated as black holes. These students find it very difficult to land jobs in India and given the new immigration policies of various countries, landing a job in those countries as well becomes equally difficult.

2. Fee

The tuition fee of universities abroad is very high. Parents who send the students aboard for studies must be either rich or need to take a loan mortgaging their assets. With the latter, parents are hesitant as there may not be a return on their investment.

3. Return

Many parents believe that when the ward goes abroad for undergraduate studies, he/she may not want to come back to India. They prefer sending their children for postgraduate courses because they believe that by that time their son/daughter would realise his/her responsibilities back home.

Dubai, UK, Singapore most preferred vegetarian-friendly holiday destination by Indians

With a high vegetarian population in the country, outbound travellers choose a destination based on accessibility to vegetarian food in which Dubai, the UK and Singapore are preferred the most, according to a survey.

As per the latest Cox and Kings survey, ‘Top vegetarian-friendly destinations and preferences of Indian vegetarian outbound travellers’, Dubai, the United Kingdom and Singapore have topped the list. Other destinations preferred by vegetarians for holidaying are the US, Switzerland, Malaysia, Israel, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, it added.

The survey was conducted from January to March 2017 with a sample size of 5,000 respondents with age groups ranging from 20-65 years through Cox and Kings offices.

Due to an increase in the number of vegetarian and Indian restaurants and growing Indian population here, these destinations are becoming the top choices for Indian vegetarian travellers.

The survey also revealed that cuisine is the most important factor while finalising a holiday. While 70 per cent of the vegetarian travellers choose their destination based on accessibility to food of their choice, 30 per cent would scout for a vegetarian restaurant after they have selected a destination, it said.

It found that 85 per cent of the younger generation, between the age group 20-45 years, is open to cosmopolitan tours where they are served veg food. Whereas the majority of the travellers in the age bracket 46-65 years would necessarily opt for a group tour that assures vegetarian food. Assurance of a vegetarian meal drives type of tour and accommodation to be chosen, it said.

food, vegetarian, indian vegetarian, veg holiday destination, veg friendly holiday countries, vegetarian friendly countries, travel news, food news, lifestyle news, india news, latest newsThe survey said about 71 per cent of the vegetarian travellers chose vegetarian tours over cosmopolitan ones, the
reason being the availability of meals of their choice.

Hotels with vegetarian restaurants are preferred by 53 per cent of the vegetarian travellers, whereas only 20 per cent will be fine with a multi cuisine restaurant, it said.

“The demand for vegetarian outbound tours mainly comes from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu,” Cox and Kings head, relationships, Karan Anand said.

The survey found that 77 per cent of vegetarian travellers would carry ready-to-eat pre-packaged food items like noodles and upma, among others, on a shorter trip.

However, they would necessarily select a vegetarian-friendly destination if they have decided to go on a longer
vacation, that is more than five days, it added.

All for a good cause: This cafe in Australia charges male customers 18 per cent ‘man tax’

If you are in Melbourne, Australia and happen to look for a vegan cafe, then you can head to Handsome Her. But if you’re a man, be prepared to end up paying more than the female customers. Yes, the cafe levies a surcharge on male customers, but there’s a powerful message behind it.

No one likes paying more taxes based on their gender, right? Then how are people okay with the pay gap based on gender? It’s a known fact that around the world there is a big difference in the remuneration received by men and women. From entertainment industry to big enterprises, many are guilty of practising the vice.

The ‘man tax’ paid at this cafe is to highlight the disparities in pay scale. The male customers are expected to pay a surcharge fixed at 18 per cent but it’s not compulsory or asked every day. The additional cost is levied only once a week, per month.

The idea of the ‘man tax’ was started by the cafe’s owner Alex O’Brien. She says her restaurant is ‘for women, by women’ but men are always welcome. The main motive behind this move is to start a conversation over the issue of gender equality in the workplace. Talking to the Daily Mirror, O’Brien said, “If men don’t want to pay it, we’re not going to kick them out the door. It’s just an opportunity to do some good.”

She describes herself as a “feminist, not the fun kind”, and added: “We’re bringing it [the gender pay gap] to the forefront of people’s minds. I like that it is making men stop and question their privilege a little bit.”

According to the report by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, which used Australian Bureau of Statistics data from 2016, it stated that the full-time gender pay gap is around 18 per cent. And no, the extra earning is not stashed away, it is donated to charities.

Amazon Picks Its First Australian Warehouse, a Step Towards Launching

US retail giant unveiled the location of its first warehouse in Australia on Thursday, picking an industrial area outside Melbourne in a major step towards launching operations in the world’s 12th-largest economy.

Australians can already buy Amazon products from offshore, but the prospect of an Amazon warehouse adds to pressure on traditional brick-and-mortar retailers to protect already-fragile sales.

The Seattle-based retailer confirmed plans to bring its online shopfront service, Amazon Marketplace, to Australia in April, without saying when it would begin the service or where it would locate its warehouses in the vast country.

It has not said when it will start the service in Australia, nor which freight service it will hire. Amazon Marketplace charges retailers to advertise on the Amazon website and use Amazon’s warehouse and freight networks.

Amazon Picks Its First Australian Warehouse, a Step Towards Launching“This is just the start,” said Robert Bruce, Amazon’s director of operations for Australia, in a statement.

“Over time, we will bring thousands of new jobs to Australia and millions of dollars of investment as well as opening up the opportunity for thousands of Australian businesses to sell at home and abroad through Amazon Marketplace.”

Bruce added that the warehouse, about 42 kms (26 miles) from Melbourne, would stock “hundreds of thousands of products which will be available for delivery to customers across Australia”.

Freight companies in Australia face the challenge of serving a country of only 24 million people spread across a continent nearly the size of the United States.

But with four-fifths of the population housed on the east coast, Melbourne or the larger city of Sydney were obvious choices for Amazon’s first warehouse.