25 percent of foreign students in India from Nepal; US reflects 3.1 percent representation
Bachan Thakur, 10 Aug 2019
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Nepal has sent the highest number of students to study in Indian educational institutions. According to an official report released by MHRD’s AISHE for academic year 2017-18, out of the total overseas candidates enrolled for academic programmes in India, around 25 percent are from Nepal only. In terms of numbers, Indian universities and constituent colleges have enrolled 11521 students from Nepal in different UG, PG, Post PG, Diploma, PhD. Programmes in India.


The report further reflects that the second nation after Nepal, which has the highest number of student enrollment in Indian is Afghanistan from where 4378 students have been pursuing different academic programmes in Indian institutes. This number of Afghani students comes down to 9.5 percent of the total foreign student enrollment in India academia.


At the third position is Sudan which has 4.8 percent representation in all the total foreign students studying in India, with 2220 students pursuing different academic courses.


Top 10 Countries With Student Enrollment in India

S.No.

Country

Student Enrollment

Enrollment Percentage

1

Nepal

11521

25.0%

2

Afghanistan

4378

9.5%

3

Sudan

2220

4.8%

4

Bhutan

1999

4.3%

5

Nigeria

1866

4.0%

6

Bangladesh

1566

3.4%

7

Iran

1558

3.4%

8

Yemen

1471

3.2%

9

United States

1418

3.1%

10

Srilanka

1248

2.7%


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Sudan is followed Bhutan from where 1999 or 4.3 percent of the total foreign students have been enrolled in courses of their choices at different colleges and universities.

Further Nigeria has 4 percent and Bangladesh and Iran have 3.4 percent foreign student representation across Indian educational institutions. While 1866 students have enrolled from Nigeria, 1566 and 1558 students are from Bangladesh and Iran respectively.

Yemen, United States and Srilanka are the countries with 3.2, 3.1 and 2.7 percent foreign student representation in various levels of education in India. In other words, all these three countries have 1471, 1418 and 1248 students studying in India respectively.

As per the report, while it comes to foreign enrollment in academia, around 166 countries have their students studying in India. However, except for the 10 countries mentioned above, all 156 have either 2 percent or 1 percent student representation. In other words, over 63 percent of students enrolled in India come only from 10 countries, out of which Nepal leads the lot.

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