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40% increase in US visas to Indian students as they chase American dream again

Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 6:15am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The number of Indian students applying for visas for higher studies in the US has shot up exponentially. While 90,000 students went to the US in 2012-13, the figure shot up to 1,13,000 in 2013-14, a jump of 26%. US consul general Peter D Haas told dna that there has been a 40% increase in the number of visas issued to Indian students compared to last year. The demand can be gauged from the fact that 1,002 students came to apply for US visas at the US Consulate, BKC, on the occasion of Students Visa Day.

"I wish to pursue my masters in civil engineering at the IOWA State University," said Irvin Pinto, a student from Goa, who came to Mumbai to collect his visa. Sion resident Isha Gada said: "I did my civil engineering and am now going to the US for a 15-month engineering management course in an Ivy League college. Nowadays, companies are looking for not only engineers but also for candidates with managerial skills. That is the reason I opted for this course."

According to advisors at the United States Indian Education Foundation (USIEF), there is a massive demand for computer science and engineering courses in the US. Business management and MBA courses are next. The US consulate said Indian students comprise the second-largest foreign-national students in the 9,000 certified schools in the US.

"We asked students to fill a form which revealed that computer science and engineering courses have the highest demand. At number two, are business management and MBA courses," said Himanshu Dev, USIEF's education advisor for US.

Ryan Pereira, senior education US adviser from USIEF, said they are flooded with queries from students about different universities in the US. "All details can be found on www.chea.org. Students want to know if the universities are credited or recognised and about the 10 best universities in the US."

Haas is only happy with the increasing number of Indian students opting for US as their study destination. "We love it when foreign students come to the US as we think we have the world's best education system for undergraduate and graduate students. Some benefits of the US education system include cutting-edge technology, extensive support services for international students, generous funding opportunities, flexible curricula, and hands-on training programmes," he said.

An M Tech graduate in industrial engineering and operations from Powai agrees. She is going to purse her Ph.D in computer science from IOWA State University in the US as she believes American universities have advance research facilities.

US universities in demand
Arizona State University
The University of Texas at Dallas
Columbia University
American University
The University of Texas at Arlington
North Carolina State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Southern California
Carnegie Mellon University
Northeastern University
Texas A&M University
Syracuse University
University of Florida
Georgia Institute of Technology
Rutgers the state University of New Jersey
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Harvard University

70% increase in number of Indian students taking GRE
78% students opt for courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
1,002 students applied for US visa on Wednesday
231 number of destination educational institutions
73 Us universities represented by consulate alumni

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