Not all foreign
universities get a thumbs-up by the Association of Indian
Universities. Students should verify the claims and credentials
of overseas universities before getting enrolled,
in 2004, Mahesh
Chaturvedi enrolled for a year’s course at the Ohio Business
Management Studies School in the US with dreams of a bright
later today, he is still waiting for his dream to turn into
reality. Employed as supervisor in an export unit, drawing Rs
4,500 a month, he knows he’s been cheated.
In 2005, when
he came back to India after spending almost Rs 10 lakh on the
year-long course, Mahesh started applying for managerial
openings in highend companies. But he was in for a shock when he
realised his degree was recognised neither in the US nor in
because the Ohio Business Management School is not accredited to
the American Commission on Higher Education Accreditation [CHEA],
which recognises over 3,200 institutes in the US. So, whenever
Mahesh knocks at the door of a corporate house, he comes back
disappointed as other candidates from not so famous Indian
institutes are preferred over him.
Like Mahesh, a
growing number of Indian students are being duped by claims of
overseas universities and institutes. Student counsellors and
academicians are getting increasingly perturbed about the trend
and are advising young people to thoroughly research credentials
of overseas institutes before enrolling for a course.
Like the Ohio
Business Management School, there are a number of overseas
management institutes which are not recognised by the
Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and a list of
unrecognised institutions is published from time to time in all
the US, UK and Australia which get a large number of Indian
students for higher studies have set up special assistance
cells. For example before applying for a course in America,
students must verify the institute’s credibility from the
United States Educational Foundation in India [USEFI] that has
offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
Admission to a
CHEArecognised institute in the US is tough. A student should
have top scores in TOEFL and GMT or GRE as well as a
consistently good academic record, and recommendation letters
from teachers or employer for studying in the US. In addition,
he or she must have the money to finance the education and stay.
another country which is sought after for higher education by
Indian students. According to a counsellor at the Educational
Counselling Service (North India) in Delhi’s British Council,
all higher education institutes in Britain are recognised. It is
mandatory for them to seek recognition.
But still, says
the counsellor, students must assess quality of the institute
before seeking admissions. The British Council offers a free
counselling service and has research material of over 250
educational institutes. It conducts awareness drives on higher
education and invites representatives of British universities.
The third most
favoured nation for higher education is Australia. A similar
12+3+2 structure of education and relatively low tuition fees is
why Indian students are flocking to Australia. But educational
experts say that before enrolling in an institute, students must
verify that it is accredited to the Commonwealth Register of
International Courses for Overseas Students [CRICROS].
these assistance centres, the best bet for Indian students going
abroad is to check out the facts from the Association of Indian
Universities (AIU). Criteria of recognition of foreign institute
is simple. Only those institutes get AIU recognition which are
recognised in their mother country. And the AIU does not
recognise any such foreign institute operating in India unless
it has a tieup with a recognised Indian university or college.
academicians feel that there is urgent need to check the menace
of unrecognised foreign degrees. Barring Institutes like the
Harvard, Stanford, London School of Economics and other leading
universities, Indian companies now prefer Indian management
degrees over foreign ones. The myth that everything foreign,
including education, is the best needs to be punctured.
If students want to study
abroad, they should choose universities and colleges after
verifying credentials by contacting the free counselling cell of
AIU at the AIU House, 16 Kotla Marg, New Delhi. (Email—-firstname.lastname@example.org
and website—-http://www.aiuweb.org) — NF