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New US immigration policy to benefit Indian students

The new immigration policy of the United States (US) , which has received clearance, will benefit Indian students to a great extent. Similarly, it will help US retain skilled foreign technical students and employees as well as entrepreneurs in their country. The new policy will enable Indian graduates to spend more time in the US in pursuit of education and career opportunities. The rules for the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program will be further eased. The program enables F-1 (student) visa-holders to be employed full-time in the US for a maximum of 29 months, after they acquire...

Firms believe foreign degree-holders more skilled for jobs: survey

Several firms believe that foreign-degree holders possess superior technical skills for jobs in comparison with graduates from Indian universities, according to the recently released British Council India Employability Survey 2014 . As per the survey, altogether 39% Indian firms stated that foreign degree-holders are better equipped for various jobs compared to graduates from Indian institutes. The survey covered 200 Indian as well as foreign firms in the country. The survey reports add that 41% of the firms have employed a minimum of one foreign university graduate during the past two...

GRE test-takers from India rise by whopping 60% this year

The number of candidates from India appearing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) this year has increased by a whopping 60% in comparison with last year, according to recent statistics. During 2011-12, candidates from India comprised a mere 7% of the total GRE aspirants worldwide. At present, India stands at 15%. The same report shows that the overall number of candidates appearing for GRE from China has decreased by 7% in 2014. This annual data relating to GRE aspirants was published by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) , which develops and conducts the test. Most of...

Indian student numbers in US rise by 6% after 3-year decline

After a decline for three long years, Indian student numbers at education institutes based in the United States (US) has shot up by 6% to 102,673 during the academic year of 2013-14, as per the recently released report on International Educational Exchange. The increase was mainly due to admissions at the graduate level. The overall number of foreign students at US colleges/universities rose by 8% to a whopping 886,052 during 2013-14, the 2014 Open Doors Report adds. The total number of foreign students in the US has increased by 72% since the first International Education Week...

India-US higher education meet explores academic cooperation prospects

The third India-US Higher Education Dialogue took place recently in the Indian capital New Delhi, which was participated by officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of India as well as Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs officials of the United States (US) . The first such dialogue was held in Washington in June, 2012 while the second one was in New Delhi in June, 2013. Various opportunities of academic cooperation between the two countries were discussed during the meeting. Certain areas, such as, growth of community colleges, skill development, Massive Open...

Indian student numbers in US shoot up by 28%, says report

The overall number of Indian students pursuing their studies in the United States (US) has increased by 28% to 1,34,292, as per a report published recently by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security. Indian students comprise the second largest section of foreign students in America, second only to China. The majority of the Indian students in US comprising a whopping 65% is studying engineering, computer science & Information Technology (IT) and support services. This section, along with students pursuing other science, technology,...

Marked increase in number of Indian women taking GMAT

The number of Indian women executives in the 25-40 years age group taking the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) has seen a marked increase, with an all-time high of 14% increase year on year. The data has been released by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which administers the GMAT examination. GMAT is a gateway for admission into Masters, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive MBA programs in India and overseas. The GMAT scores are valid for a period of five years. The overall number of women candidates for GMAT from India increased...

Indians devote 1-4 hours weekly to prepare for GRE, Chinese 20: survey

A majority of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aspirants from India devote around one to four hours per week to prepare for the examination while those from China devote more than twenty, according to a recent survey conducted by the Education Testing Services (ETS). Moreover, the Indian candidates prefer to study late at night (29%), whereas students in China prefer studying during evenings on week-days. The ETS study covered the examination preparation habits of around 20,000 GRE applicants from all over the world. The study reveals some key differences in the preparation...

Purdue University conducts India visit to woo more students

The renowned Purdue University , based in the United States (US), has arranged for a five-day India visit during which university officials will talk about the varsity, in a bid to attract more students from the country. The visit will also boost the varsity's academic ties with India. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15, Purdue has acquired the 102 nd spot whereas the university was at rank 62 in the previous year. Moreover, the varsity has bagged the 20 th spot among US public universities, as per the the recent US News and World Report rankings...

Indiana University opens office in India to boost academic ties

The United States (US)-based Indiana University has opened its office in India, in a bid to boost academic ties with the country. The new office in Gurgaon aims to interact extensively with Indian faculty and students, thereby enhancing academic activities and collaboration between the two countries. It will conduct classes, lectures, pre-departure orientations for new joiners, prospective student get-togethers, long-distance learning, working group meetings, workshops, conferences, symposiums, alumni meets as well as many other events. The office has been set up in association with...

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