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Destined for greener pastures

May 23, 2014, DHNS

HIGHER STUDIES

Students fresh from the oven, with exam resultsin hand, thronged to TajVivanta on MG Road for the annual Edwise WorldEducational Fair on Thursday. With a wide platter to eatoff of, students had a treat waiting for them as rows ofinternational universities lined up for the day.
The biscuits and tea layforgotten as people hurriedto register and talk to therespective university representatives. Sushil Sukhwani, director of the Edwise group said,“We want to make it easier for students and institutions to meet and interact.”

While the Mumbai edition of the fair saw around 80 universities attending the event, the City had a diminished 60 universities. According to Sushil, it is up to the institutions and some cities see more participation while others see less. Some students had a clear idea of what they wanted to get from this fair while others were there to browse.

Nikki Kiran just finished her second-PUC from KLESociety’s Nijalingappa College and said she was there to find a college in the United States or United Kingdom forengineering. “I would like to go to Harvard or California University,” she said.

Her friend, Akshata Viswanathan, also fromKLE, said that she had just tagged along with Nikki but would like to study abroad.

Though UK has seen a downfall in the number ofstudents the last couple of years because of its work visa policy, this hasn’t preventedstudents from applyingthere. Anya O’onnor, theinternational marketing officer for Cardiff Metropolitan University, said, “Yes, it’s definitely not as high as before but students interested in quality education still do apply.”

She added that students can either afford to pay the tuition fees or they pay back the loans by finding work in other countries or in India. “We have an alumni group that helps the students find its place,” she added.

No matter the odds,students seem to be keenon travelling overseas. Therecent hit to the rupee-dollar exchange rate hasn’t actedas a deterrent to getting a good education abroad,according to a volunteer.

Nikki said, “I’m bored of this city and want more experience. It will be nice to adjustto another environment.”

Overall, the education fair was a success, with almost 1,000 people walking in and out. Universities from the US, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Singapore, New Zealand, France and Dubai werepresent.

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