• Roshni Franciss T
  • Student

Months back one of my seniors at the college who already completed his post-graduation in 2018 came with great gusto to the college to give the teachers and students the good news that he finally got his ticket to study in Canada. So he took 2 years for the entire process. Suddenly the corona virus affected the major share of the world and people like him who already possess tickets for their study abroad are now in despair. When asked to some of my friends they told that many universities abroad have given them the option to take up the course online. The visa processing of many students came to a halt in the midway. Many are now ambiguous about the future. The fluctuating US policies on international students is an ordeal for Indian students.

Students of our country migrate to other countries just because degrees in our country could not get one absorbed into the job market. Likewise, educational system in other countries like Canada, US, UK and Australia is not rote memorization of textbooks. So students who are in an urgent need to support their family do not wish to take up the risk of searching a job in our country. The opportunities to take up part time jobs during their course of study also fascinates our students. A majority of such students depend on educational loans which they usually pay back with the salary earned abroad.

I said all these just to give you an impression that India’s educational and job sector is far behind many others and not only that our students are in full brio and verve to study in a foreign university and earn a job abroad.

It is true that students have been pursuing degrees abroad even before 90s, but now this has become a crucial thing or an unavoidable thing for many students. And it is because of this, one of the categories who got really worried because of the corona crisis were the students who aspired to study abroad. They were not even able to think about a degree from their own country and many were forced make a “compromise” on their studies by their families.

Political games which are a crowbar to Indian universities is never going to let our young generation thrive in their own motherland. Our Prime Minister has been vehemently talking about “atmanirbharata”, (we don’t really know when he will launch his next fancy word!) he should also make it a point that it exists in the educational sector too.

It is pathetic that we needed a pandemic like this to realize that we are nowhere near self-reliance in the educational sector. There has been a substantial increase in the number of students migrating to other countries for better opportunities. Does our government need a better proof?

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