Why Indian students drift to foreign universities

Neera Sanotra, Exams Watch, Dec 11, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article should be an eye-opener for those arguing for 'traditional' education and pedagogy. It is precisely to escape that model that Indian students head elsewhere for their degrees. In India, "education is more theory-based rather than practical thus creativity is not at all encouraged. Education is based on rote-learning and is exam-oriented... Education thus becomes a mere formality. The acquisition of a degree does not equate with real learning."  By contrast, "In foreign universities, education is given and absorbed by practical measures. There is more hands on experience and thus the learning acquired is real and has depth... through research-oriented assignments and project work. The aim is to make the students independent and themselves responsible for their learning." Yet it is surprising how many people in our system argue for the former and not for the latter.

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