Punjabi students hearts beat for UK education
The restucturing of the education system by British Government to serve the oversees students with quality education has been welcomed by students in Punjab.
Acquiring higher education from developing countries has, since long, been a dream for most Punjabi students and entering an academic institution in the United Kingdom (UK) appears to be on their priority list.
So, this revamping of education system, ostensibly, paves way for them to fulfill their most dearly dream.
The Government has modified the syllabus and some leverages have been decided on to be provided the students with. The students will now be allowed to take up part time work during their studies, upto 20 hours per week. Also, a decision has been taken to provide free or subsidized medical facilities under the National Health Scheme.
Furthermore, students can avail discounts for transport, entertainment, etc all over the UK and scholarships are available at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
Considering that Punjabis have been taking a keen interest in British universities, a tri-city education initiative was launched here recently. It comprised of informative road-shows, exhibitions and a series of seminars.
Out of them, the 'Study UK Exhibition' that was organised in Chandigarh was a big hit, as thousands of students, parents and guardians attended them to get the up to date information about the courses available in the British universities.
The representatives of the British Council and dozens of education consultants put up stalls to answer the fervent queries of aspiring students.
"People have always been waiting to go abroad whether it is studies or immigration, and I think nowadays we have got excellent education institutions here and so it makes good investment for the countries to come here," said Kiran, CEO, Jupitor Consultants.
Speaking about the admission procedure, Kiran said, "Its not very difficult. Students have to apply, think about well in advance and put all the academic documents together and send it for assessment for universities. Then the university makes an offer letter to the student and from then on, the student has to take care about his finances. We of course tell the students what all financial requirements are there. Banks are also very liberal and are helping student take educational loans."
Sonal, an 18-year-old girl who wants to study Bioinformatics from abroad feels that the best universities offering this course are located in London, the North of England and the South East of England. She says that the education system in India is good, and that a specialised education abroad could help her in a brighter career.
"India has quite good education in various fields, but I think it is much broader abroad rather in India. India is still developing and there is no harm going abroad, studying and coming back to India and working. Its one and the same thing. At least I'll be doing something for India," Sonal said.
London is regarded as a city of many cultures and faiths and it has been an important centre for immigrants for long. People from all over the world, speaking over 200 languages, live here.
Moreover, Britain is home of some of the oldest Universities and it has been the prime destination for the Indian students aspiring to get good-quality higher education.
Interestingly, these changes have moulded the perceptions of those who earlier recognised education in the UK as an expensive proposition. One can easily manage life in a city like London at an annual cost of somewhere between 7000 to 8000 pounds.
"The cost of studying in the UK is comparable to the other International destinations and you could find it much lower if you consider some other factors, like the duration of under-graduate level courses is shorter here than that at other places. So, you are saving lot of time and money and you are going into the job market, perhaps, much earlier," says Ruchika Castelino, Head of education, UK British Council.
The new structure of the education system in Britain has opened up new vistas for talented Indian youth and the offers of a wide range of subjects that are popular with Indian students is a win-win situation for both the aspiring students and the universities. The exchange of education that is happening today is understood to strengthen the coming generations. (ANI)