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Education fairs in East Africa to lure foreign students

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New Delhi , June 15

IN order to promote Indian higher education and tap the potential, a group of eighteen Indian universities under the aegis of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and University Grants Commission (UGC) are holding education fairs in various countries in East Africa.

The FICCI-UGC education fair was held in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. Around 18 universities/institutions participated in the fair, which included JNU, BHU, Viswa Bharati and Symbiosis.

According to estimates of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the number of foreign students in India has declined to 8,145 in 2001-02 from 13,707 in 1993-94, says a FICCI statement.

While developed countries are luring students through aggressive

marketing, India is losing out due to lack of coordinated effort in this direction.

The series of FICCI-UGC education fairs is an effort to spread Indian higher education beyond its borders, adds FICCI.

The Government has already allowed all higher education institutions to have 15 per cent of the seats filled up by international students over and above the normal intake.

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