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QUESTION NO.964 DATA BANK OF STUDENTS GOING ABROAD

July 26, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.964
TO BE ANSWERED ON 26.07.2018


DATA BANK OF STUDENTS GOING ABROAD

†964. DR. KIRODI LAL MEENA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) the details and the number of students studying in other countries including Australia, as on date, country-wise;

(b) whether Government proposes to prepare a data bank of all students going abroad for studies;

(c) if so, the details thereof and by when such a data bank would be prepared;

(d) whether Government proposes to issue any guidelines for students desirous of getting admission in other countries for studies; and

(e) if so, by when?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]


(a) Estimated country-wise number of Indian students abroad, as per available inputs from Indian Missions abroad till 18.07.2018 is 7,52,725. Country-wise details of students studying in other countries including Australia is attached as Annexure-I.

(b) & (c) To create a database of Indian students going abroad, on 15 July, 2016, Ministry has developed a "Students Registration Module” within the MADAD portal which enables Indian students abroad to register voluntarily and provide data about their courses, location, institution, duration of the course, etc. The registration of students in the portal is an ongoing process, as the movement of Indian students to other countries, change of visa status, and their return to India etc, are dynamic.

Ministry, through its Missions/Posts abroad, have been regularly interacting with Indian students studying abroad to register their details on the students module voluntarily and also encouraging the Indian student organizations and Indian Community Associations for the same through social media platforms.

(d) & (e) Ministry and Indian Missions abroad issue advisories from time to time asking Indian students to carry all documentation and undertake due diligence to ensure that the foreign institutions to which they are seeking admission have proper authorization and capacities.

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