GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - Currently 1,86,000 Indian students are studying in the United States, according to the Open Doors Report of 2017. The total number of Indian students in the US has more than doubled over the last decade, from 81,000 in 2008 to 1,86,000 in 2017, stated Jay Treloar, the Acting Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate. The number of Indian students studying in the US is also the second highest in terms of foreign students studying in that country, he added.
Treloar made the statement while inaugurating an education information fair at Don Bosco Institute (DBI) here on Saturday.
The US Universities Alumni: India Connect Programme was organised by the US Consulate General in Kolkata in collaboration with the Indo-American Center, Washington DC, Education USA and the United States India Education Foundation (USIEF).
The programme was organised with an aim to provide guidance on higher education opportunities in the US to prospective Indian students.
�There is no sector that better illustrates the mutual benefit of our relationship better than education, a priority sector in both the US and India. Education has become one of the main pillars of our bilateral strategic partnership. We already have a very strong history of cooperation in higher education,� Treloar said in his speech.
�The programme underscored that studying at one of the 4,500 accredited US colleges and universities offers a world-class education, robust alumni communities, rewarding cross-cultural experiences and a life-long engagement with the United States. The USIEF, the Education USA Advisor, the US State Department Alumni and experts from the Indo-American Center briefed the students about the benefits of studying in the US.
The goal of the alumni fairs is to provide prospective students and their parents with first-hand information and advice from the US State Department Exchange Program Alumni, university student counsellors, the Education USA representatives and the US State Department officials, a statement issued by the organiser said.
�USIEF and Education USA have played a major role in this sector. Education USA provides accurate, current and comprehensive information on US higher education,� he added.