India likely to introduce its own TOEFL for foreign students
India is looking to introduce its own version of a language test like TOEFL for foreign students in order to ‘increase the country’s ranking for higher education globally’.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations has stated that it is keen on increasing foreign student numbers in the country.
Globally India is 26th most favorite destination for education, and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations is formalising plans to improve this rating.
With a considerable amount of foreign students studying in India, the government hopes to augment these numbers by creating its own version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam.
The Government of India hope to make the transition process easier for students by filtering students through their own version of the TOEFL exam.
India identifying what is keeping it from attracting more foreign students
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has conducted multiple brainstorming sessions with various institutions and has identified several reasons which hold back India from being in the top ten or 15 countries for education.
According to IANS reports, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President of ICCR, said: “As per the data, India is 26th most favorite destination for education, globally. We are trying to make efforts to move up the ladder, and get into at least top 15 list.”
Dr Sahasrabuddhe said that non-English speaking foreign students find it difficult to cope in English medium schools and steps need to be taken to bridge this gap.
ICCR states that approximately 50,000 foreign students, mostly hailing from Africa and Asia, are enrolled in various degree programmes across the country. However, other official bodies quote a larger figure for the number of foreign students.
The ICCR has previously introduced many cultural and educational exchange programmes to promote India’s soft power. It has granted scholarships to around 4,000 foreign students.
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Zahra Hamdani is an Ireland-based reporter for Global Education Times who focuses on European and South Asian education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Zahra is a school-teacher and educationist with experience in both Primary and Secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Pakistan.
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