To attract international students to Indian universities, The New Indian Express, with the support of MES Indian School, Doha, recently conducted a Knowledge Fair on the school premises.
The event was inaugurated by Indian embassy first secretary Hemant Kumar Dwivedi in the presence of M C Mohamed, senior management member, Governing Board, MES Indian School.
Addressing a group of teachers, parents, and students, Dwivedi said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to get more insight into what the Indian education system is all about. When the world is making giant strides, we’re also making strides and ensuring that we stand at par with global standards of education.”
The city has a population of around 700,000 Indians, with over 36,000 Indian students. Every year, about 2,000 Indian students graduate from schools and a large majority prefer to pursue their higher education in India.
Talking about the need for expats to explore newer avenues for their children, Dwivedi added: “When I was a student, there were very few options available. Now the world has changed.
“We have a lot of engineers. Now, it is graduates in Humanities and other areas that are getting better job opportunities because of their ability to comprehend better. We don't just need a degree holder. We need a degree holder from a reputable institute. This kind of expo gives an insight into what to look out for.”
On the sidelines of the event, Dwivedi also released The New Indian Express’ souvenir ‘Indian Eduscape’, a collection of articles by career experts from different sectors.
Around 1,500 students from MES and other schools in the city, along with their parents, attended the fair.
Representatives from top universities in South India like Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Crescent University, Vels Institute of Science and Advanced Studies, Presidency University, Garden City University, NITTE Group of Institutions, BMS College of Engineering, HKBK Group of Institutions, Treamis World School, St Joseph’s Engineering College Mangaluru, Aditya Educational Institutions, Shaheen Group of Institutions, and Reva University were present to interact with the students and answer any questions they might have about the admission process, fees, scholarships, and accreditation, among others.
Encouraging the audience to make the best of the expo, Annamma Shammy, principal officiating of MES added: “This is an opportunity for our students and parents to interact with universities in India and take a proper decision about their future. I hope our students make best use of it.”
The fair also includes sessions on memory building, effective parenting, choosing the right career, preparing for competitive exams, and a quiz competition.