More Indian students are preferring China for studies now, changing the old trend of foreign education to Britain, a media report said.
According to the report in the Times of India, fresh data shows that there are more Indian students right here in the Asian neighbourhood than in the United Kingdom. Though Indian students have been going to China to study medicine in significant numbers since 2010-11, experts attribute the latest shift to the “NEET mess” (the change in medical admission criteria in India) that took many by surprise and saw even more medical aspirants flocking to China after struggling to clear the new centralized admission test, it states.
The report also mentioned that change in trend has occurred as China has been offering cost effective education. “It is a cost-effective destination, its medical degrees are recognized by the Medical Council of India, and the course is conducted in English,” the report quotes as study abroad-expert Pratibha Jain as having said.
As per the report there are now 18,171 Indians in China versus 18,015 in the UK.
The average tuition fee for a Chinese medical university is between $2,000 and $3000 annually, plus an additional $1,000 to cover living expenses, report states.
It further states that in 2015, the number of Indian students in China was over 13,500. as India ranked among the top 10 nations sending the highest number of students to Chinese varsities.