Rise in NRI student enrolment
Overseas students from the Gulf region find Chennai an attractive destination for tertiary education, says Dr Anand Jacob Verghese, Pro Chancellor, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science.
Excerpts from the interview:
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS), established in 1985, is a Deemed to be University and offers a wide spectrum of undergraduate, post graduate, diploma; and research and doctoral programmes in diverse fields of Engineering, Technology, Management, Architecture, Liberal Arts, Applied Sciences, Design, Allied Health Sciences and Law. The Institution is part of the most reputed Hindustan Group of Institutions, Chennai and caters to the academic needs of over 18,000 students from India and overseas.
Students hail from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Liberia, Libya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, UAE, Thailand, Vietnam, Tanzania, US, etc.
The university has accomplished its mission and its academic achievements are a testimony to the same. More than 80 per cent of students secure first class with distinctions year after year. Over 950 students have been placed in leading companies in India and abroad in the last three years. The students of this reputed institution are receiving placement offers from leading companies in India and abroad. The institution has collaborative partnerships with leading universities in the US, Singapore, Australia, etc. It has students and faculty exchange programmes with leading international universities. The university has also has received numerous accolades and awards
With 292 colleges and 26 universities, Chennai is home to some of the best colleges, universities and research institutes in the country. Tamil Nadu emerges as the top performer among the big states in the country, in terms of Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education, at 49 per cent, according to the latest report of All India Survey on Higher Education 2018-19 (AISHE). The Madras Presidency was the chosen destination for students from all over India and abroad even during the British reign in the 19th century. Recognising this opportunity and realising the need for an institution that offers non-formal technical education our founder and Chairman, late Dr K.C.G. Verghese founded the Hindustan Group of Institutions in 1966. The establishment of Hindustan Engineering Training Centre (HETC) helped in the evolution of Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology (HIET) which met this need.
For the past many years, Chennai has become a preferred destination for Foreign and NRI students. The number of foreign and NRI students applying for colleges and universities in Chennai has increased by almost 20 per cent in the last three years.
The future being driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will fundamentally be transformed the way we live, work and relate to each other, universities (including HITS) is offering innovative core and elective need of the hour and futuristic courses for resident and non-resident Indians students for their personal and professional success for now and the future beyond.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WELCOME
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science welcomes applications for admission from overseas students (namely foreign nationals and non-resident Indians) interested in pursuing their studies (undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD). Many NRIs are relocating to India and so, more than 50 per cent of all our overseas students are NRIs from the Middle East. In fact, in 2020 there were more admission requests compared to previous years and the number is expected to increase in 2021.
The popular courses among Gulf NRI students are Aeronautical, Aerospace, Automobile, Mechatronics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Data Science, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, Fashion Design, Architecture and Business Management.
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science has been receiving a lot of Gulf NRI students and the reason is our engineering courses have international recognition as per Washington Accord and are Accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) which is a major requirement to work in the Gulf and foreign countries. All our courses are Industry endorsed and project-oriented in the emerging areas.
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science provides the opportunity for the students to participate in its international semester exchange programme, summer programme, study abroad, internship, etc. Also, HITS provides a twinning programme with partner universities in the UK, US, Germany, France, Australia, etc. with multiple options. They can study for two years in India and then move to a partner university for the next two years to complete the degree from the partner university.
Chennai, the Detroit of Asia with a strong base in automotive, IT and many other industries has now emerged as the electronics, defence, and aerospace manufacturing hub of India and has become a key destination for NRI students. Our extensive alumni network and current student base add value through word-of-mouth to attract students from all over the world. Also, we plan to attract the students by participating in higher education exhibitions in the Gulf, direct interaction with schools and parents associations, providing merit-based scholarships and through social media promotions.
PURSUING THE RIGHT COURSE IN INDIAN INSTITUTIONS
On par with the global standards, New India's Education Policy 2020 is giving importance to the quality of education and students' practical knowledge instead of just pushing them towards rote learning. Admission process for undergraduate courses (engineering, science, arts, law, management and architecture) for the academic year 2021-2022 is currently underway in Chennai. The biggest worry for the NRI students is how to choose the right career path.
My advice will be: Review the website and research about the university, list the admission criteria, select an honest career option, find the right university for yourself, talk to admission counsellors, faculty and students. Then visit the university (physically or virtually), check the educational environment, labs, facilities, cultural diversification, internationalisation, faculty, accommodation, location, transport link, course content, and pedagogy, and then apply before the deadline. Last but not the least, prepare well for your board examination.
Dr Anand Jacob Verghese
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science.
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