Friday, September 28, 2012

igher education abroad not because of Reservation but...?

  Indian youth pursues higher education abroad not because of
  Reservation but...?

         Who would not like to earn in dollars and spend in rupees

If i am able to recollect rightly, R K Narayan explains the adoloscent mind and its passion for higher education abroad in his novel The Bachelor of Arts (1937). Noticiably this is preindependence era. Chandran's(main character) mind contemplates whether to pursue higher education like his friends. He is coaxed by his on and so forth. Note that Pre-Independence there was no reservation policy.

This clearly shows that upper middle class always were passionate about studying abroad. Probably one strong reason other than matter of prestige was the lack of access to logistics,infrastructure and faculty in the pre-Independence  era but at the same time we should not forget that speaking English itelf was regarded high among this class.

So this mindset of upper middle class that has remained and percolated is also a reason for studying abroad.So now even Middle class is able to afford because of loan schemes and scholarships Of course another point is recognition. A student feels he is more recognised with a foreign degree. Another reason we should not forget is it would aid him to get a green card, a job with fat pay. I strongly feel earning money is  another reason. Who would not like to earn in dollars and spend in rupees.

At the same time we should agree that even to this day in certain areas access to technology,encouragement and infrastructure is better in foreign countries.

In addition

a) Why does not people who complete BE/B TECH from premier institutes further purse PG in the same
   institute ?

b) For some its a passion, but for some its a fashion. its boring let me spend some time abroad and get a degree at the
  same time.

Percentage of reservation in IITs is very small, the above chart summarizes everything. Percentage of students with reservation background is very less in top universities.

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