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"As we look around the world, we recognize that there is no partner that the US has, that deeply respects our values, our
views, our perspectives than the nation of India. “The President saw that coming and declared the US -India relationship to
be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century," Biswal added.
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Enrolment of Indian students in US up by 28%: Report
The gender balance of Indian students is skewered, two-thirds being male and only one-third being female.
The total number of Indian students studying in the US shot up 28% to 1,34,292 students, comprising the second largest
foreign student body in America after China, according to a new report published on Thursday by US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security.
Startling majorities - 65% - were studying engineering, computer science, and information technology and support
services, and togetherwith students in other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) f ields made up
79% of all India students in America. As a result, though Indians onlymake up 12%of the foreign student population in the
US, they constitute 26% of all foreign STEMstudents. Business, biology, andmedicinewere the nextmost popular field s of
study, with the social sciences, humanities and liberal arts, and visual and performing arts the least popular fields.
The gender balance of Indian students is similarly skewered, two-thirds being male and only one-third being female. In
total, there are 89,561 Indianmale students and only 44,731 Indian female students. A major reason for the rapid growth
in students is economic, according toNaveen Chopra, chairman of The Chopra’s, an educational consulting group based in
Delhi. "The US economy is growing now, and unemployment has fallen from 10% to 6%," Chopra said, adding that "Indian
students believe the US has the best opportunities for work."
This increase reflects a greater trend for both Indian undergraduate and graduate students studying in the US. The total
number of Indian graduate students enrolled there has jumped 26% to 54,245 students, according to a new report
released by the American Council of Graduate Schools. This was the second consecutive year of double digit growth,
building upon a 14% increase last year, and a sharp reversal in trend from years past when Indian graduate school
enrollment was actually decreasing.
This was also by far the largest increase among Asian countries in the Council of Graduate Schools survey, compensati ng
for sagging graduate enrollment rates in countries such as China, with a mere 3% increase, and Korea, with a 6% decrease.
Only Brazil, which sends less than one-twentieth the number of students India does to the US, saw higher growth at 32%.