Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, on November 12, highlighted the role of education and foreign students in the knowledge economy and international connections. And that the desire for better knowledge and education has always motivated Indian students to travel abroad and contribute to the development of better international relations for the country.
“The desire for knowledge has also been a significant motivator for Indians to go to other nations. More than a million Indian students study overseas, and by doing so, they have built the groundwork for solid ties across different geographies,” EAM Jaishankar said through video conferencing at the “Diplomatic Conclave” on Higher Education hosted by Chandigarh University.
The EAM went on to say that this is backed up by a long history of international students studying in India, with over 50,000 students from 164 countries now enrolled.
According to Jaishankar, today the goal is to redefine this two-way interaction such that it helps the entire planet. The Minister stated that the difficulties extend beyond education and the economy in some ways. It is a component of a larger global rebalancing process in which cultural and human resource issues are important. Only by widening the circulation of ideas, creativity, and knowledge, he believes, will we be able to establish a multipolar and democratic world.
He also stated that India, as a cultural and moral state, has a specific interest in ensuring that the best of the past is preserved for the tomorrow. Moreover, Jaishankar said that the nature of power is changing, just as global architecture. Technology, creativity, ideas, and talent will increasingly define countries. The focus of the greater discussion should be on their centrality.
According to the minister’s address, following the Covid-19 restrictions, Indians have expressed an interest in studying overseas. While the number of students travelling abroad declined by 20-30% last year, it increased considerably in 2021.
Due to the high level of education and post-study job opportunities, Germany, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Australia remain popular study-abroad destinations. With different degrees of limitation, the majority of these countries have begun to welcome Indian students.