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Pondering over moving abroad for higher education? Finding a college or university to gain international education can be a herculean task as it is a layered process. Studying abroad gives an opportunity to explore the allure and culture of a new land altogether. Students envision themselves to explore new cultures, opportunities and an entirely fresh teaching pedagogy. Planning.
India right now stands at an inflexion juncture where two segments of aspiring study abroad students are emerging. One are those who are more traditional in approach with being price sensitive, value for money maximisers and the other relates to prestige consciousness and experience seeking.
- According to Reserve Bank of India spending on tuition and accommodation fee by Indian students overseas has gone up by 44%, from $1.9 billion in 2013-14 to $2.8 billion in 2017-18.
- AS per UNESCO Institute of Statistics, over 3,00,000 Indian students are studying overseas, making India the second largest source of International students after China.
Education is the focus point of any study abroad trip, hence choosing the right program and destination among other factors is of prime importance. Collegedunia Study Abroad provides wealthy insights to students aiming to study overseas by providing extensive profile evaluation, admission guidance, detailed test preparation, application documentation support with advice on Visa and interview process. Collegedunia counsellors are at candidates disposal, guiding them over Scholarship and Financial fid as well.
Decide what course to study
What do you want to study has a big impact on the choice of your college. Decision on this can be drawn by analysing where your interest lies. Job prospects of the course opted for should be a prime point to be considered. In study abroad spectrum, STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) have remained the top preference of Indian students. From Accounting to Statistics, Computer Science to Engineering these courses have always been in demand due to lucrative job opportunities after the completion of degree. Universities mould their curriculum as per the demands of global industrial sector making STEM soughted option.
Certain unconventional courses catch the attention of Indian students. According to Open Doors 2018 Report on International education exchange, Indian students are portraying a good deal of interest in off beat courses ike Marine Engineering, Geophysics, Game Design and Development, especially in the US. This demeanour in students choices is mainly because such interdisciplinary courses are neither widely available nor popular in India. With an increase in enrollment of Indian students in foreign universities, striking a chord with such coming of age courses can be a thoughtful idea.
Changing times demand specialised courses. The underway fourth Industrial Revolution has led to progress in Automation, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Traditional job profiles are evolving and new jobs are coming up. Hence specialised courses like Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics are gaining popularity. Additionally, Disability Programs and Infection Control courses too seem to be gaining popularity. Collegedunia, has detailed information on 3400+ and more than 150K courses.
Consider the Eligibility Requirements for your Program
The process of going abroad for further education seems to be exhilarating but is a tedious one too. Apart from Visa and Immigartion complexities, candidates have to appear for various Aptitude and English Proficiency Exams to get eligible for admissions. Here is a list of top exams that Indian nationals aspiring to study overseas take:
- Graduate Management Aptitude Test assesses analytical and problem solving abilities for admissions to more than 6,000 business and management programs. 2,100+ institutions accept GMAT score, validity for which is upto 5 years. There are 29test centers in India and appearing fee is around Rs. 16500.
- Scholastic Assessment Test is undertaken to get enrolled in undergraduate courses by testing reading, writing and mathematical skills. Around 13,000 indian students appear for SAT annually mainly to get admission in the US, or Canada.
- Graduate Record Examination is generally required by North American countries from prospective graduate and business school applicants. Fee for GRE registrations fr Indian students is Rs. 12, 000 with exam being conducted round the year.
- TOEFL/ IELTS bare mostly taken by non-native english speakers to enroll in foreign universities. More than 9000 colleges in 130 countries accept TOEFL score, including top 100 US colleges. British council offers IELTS in 42 locations across India with appearing fee of Rs 11,100.
Choose your Destination and Desired Colleges
Different destinations have different educational structures, that should sync with your thought process. Teaching methodology, entry requirements, lifestyle preferences all factors come into play while selecting a college and destination to study abroad. International university rankings should also be a threshold to consider. While the US, Canada and the UK have traditionally been key destinations, increased preference to Australia and EU is seen in recent times. Here are the top 5 destinations preferences of Indian students to study abroad:
With the introduction of Study Direct Stream by the Canadian Government there has been a significant rise in the number of Indian students applying to this Great White North Country. The provision of staying back and getting a work permit after completion of post graduate degree becomes a gratuity. For instance, there is an increase in Indian Undergraduate club at the University of British Columbia from 200 to 726 students in just four years between 2013-14 to 1017-18. Out of 494,525 international students studying in Canada, 25% are Indian nationals. Intake season for Canada are Fall, winter and summer.
|Country||Average Study Cost||Average Living cost|
|USA||29,231 USD/year||22,670 USD/year|
|UK||20,861 USD/year||12,088 USD/year|
|Canada||14,636 USD/year||15,728 USD/year|
|Australia||19,1353 USD/year||25,743 USD/year|
|Germany||6,904 USD/year||11,388 USD/year|
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The States has a good acceptance rate of student visa around 80% with 1.08 million international students studying their. According to United States India Educational Foundation in 2019, 186,000 Indian are studying in the US forming 17% of all the overseas students in the North American country. Intake seasons are fall and spring.
Students tend to opt for postgraduate courses, as having a masters degree lays the path for permanent residency. Melbourne and Sydney remain favourite destination among the students. 2018, saw a noticeable shift to new regions such as Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and Northern Territory.
The continental Nation has a starking high (90-95%) acceptance rate of student visa. Intake seasons are generally February and July. Availability of numerous scholarships for international students and 79% of individuals grab on professional careers after completion of their degree makes Australia a preferred destination amongst study abroad aspirants.
Acceptance rate of Student visa is 85%. 458,520 international students are pursuing education. Intake seasons are October and January. But cancellation of post study via policy by cross party British parliamentarians has led to stagnation of feoriegn students intake. If reintroduced, UK has the potential of attracting foreign students due to 1 year masters course offered here that ensures relatively less expenditure and faster entry into the workforce.
- Other European Countries
Germany, Ireland, Latvia and a few other european countries are becoming popular study destinations to accumulate quality education. Germany demands relatively low study cost (6904 USD/Year) compared to other european and american counties. Acceptance rate standing at 92% and no tuition fee makes Germany a sought after study location.
Consider the cost of living and explore Scholarship options
Exploring funding options is called for step when thinking about studying abroad. There are varied funding options that a candidate can take into consideration:
- Grants are desirable as they are not supposed to be paid back. They are need based, avenues for which can be central or state government, college specific or NGOs. Grants are an excellent way to pursue overseas education without crippling student debt.
- Scholarships are another way to relieve the financial burden. They can be a one time award or renewable. There can be country specific scholarships, national and some international organisations offering them.
- Work Study Program is offered by certain foreign universities and colleges. It can help defray study costs. Students have to be vigilant about finding a job covered under the program.
- Loans are the least desirable options with the debt they carry hence should be carefully considered. They are a financial commitment and grasping a good job to pay them off becomes utmost necessary.
Most of the times there is a gap between what grants and scholarships offer and what study/living cost demand. Hence loans can be an option to bridge this gap. Thus having knowledge of suitable funding options can be a tricky task. $2.1 million scholarships have been made available to students with the help of Collegedunia Study abroad Scholarship counselling program.
Acquire an Idea of Student Visa Requirements and Immigration Policies
Students planning to study abroad tend to be highly price sensitive, value maximizers and trying constantly to search for options with lower cost and increase career opportunities. Hance sensitivity to immigration and work policies is genuine among them.
There is a shift observed in preference of destinations to study overseas. In the year 2000, 59% of all indian students overseas were enrolled in US universities followed by 7 percent in Australia, 6 percent in the UK and less than 1% in Canada. Hence there was a clear preference for US as a destination among Indian students. The premise being popularity of Master’s degree in STEM program which also offers also offers prospects to work in the US through Optical Practical Training (OPT) nad H-1B Visa. But since 2016 there is a shift in the share of Indian students in US which dropped to 45 % while the UK remained stagnant at 6%. Much growth was seen in Australia reaching 15 % and Canada to 7%.
Political uneasiness triggered by Brexit and America’s restrictive immigration policies in recent times has led to growth in demand to study overseas is much absorbed by Australia and Canada. Biggest reason had been the pro immigration policies of these governments.
For instance, Canada’s Post graduation work permit program (PGWPP) introduced in 2006 allows students to gain work experience on the basis of which they can qualify for permanent residency in Canada. In the same way since 1999, Australia’s Point based immigration policies were designed to encourage international students to pursue a permanent residency in Australia. UK flipped its immigrants working policy by abolition of post study work rights. At times the unwelcoming Visa and immigration policies can pose a hurdle to translate the dream of studying abroad into reality.
New Segments of Students and Rising Aspirations
International education demand remains strong among Indian students. Studyportals in 2019, received 17.7 million searches for Masters degree and 5.7 million searches for Bachelors degree program overseas. Reportedly, an increase in 37% and 77% number of searches from users in India itself.
Students associating value for money to study abroad, explore alternatives apart from traditional destinations like Middle East, Continental Europe in universities which offer English taught programmes. In Germany the presence of Indian students increased threefold from 2010-1 to 1016-17 reaching 15,529 students. Likewise, 30% of all international students in UAE are from India which can be attributed to the presence of large Indian diaspora in the Gulf Region.
In recent times Undergraduate level study abroad experience seekers move beyond the rigid boundary of Engineering and computer science. Summing up the monumental growth of Indian students abroad relies on the economic growth of the country in terms of affording education abroad while liberal immigration and visa policies will ease the value for money experience. Aspiring study abroad candidates should browse through Collegedunia to have a thorough guidance right from finding university/course to travel and stay. Studying abroad is a life changing experience which more Indian students should aspire for and have access to.
The symbol of Swastika is known to signify peace, prosperity, and good fortune in the religious cultures of Eurasia. In fact, this symbol is considered very significant in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. But, at the same time, it has become one of the most misunderstood religious symbols and has been globally banned in many countries.
The reason why the symbol of Swastika is banned in many countries is because of its association with Adolf Hitler's extreme political ideology, Nazism, as Swastika as its official symbol.
Austria, France, Latvia, Spain, Germany, and Russia are amongst the many countries that have banned the display and use of the Swastika.
Moreover, last week Victoria in Australia is preparing to become the first-ever state to ban the public display of the Swastika. This is a step towards an expansion of anti-vilification laws in the state.
Representation of the Swastika on the flag of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Movement.Photo by Flickr.
Now, we must know and understand what went wrong with this symbol, which is sacred and signifies all-good things.
For a very, very long time, in India, the Swastika is the first emblem that is worshipped or even drawn before any sacred and auspicious ceremonies as this symbol in Sanskrit represents 'well-being'. But, the Swastika lost all its credibility when it was wrongfully used by Adolf Hitler.
In fact, it is believed that if this symbol is worshipped properly, then it gives positive results. But if it is abused, then it gives negative results. So, when Adolf Hitler rotated the Swastika at 45 degrees, it slowly and steadily brought misery not only to Adolf Hitler and his theory of Nazism but also to all the people who were associated with him.
Therefore, in order to give the kind of respect and credibility which the Swastika deserves, World Interfaith Harmony Week which was held in New York in February this year, interfaith groups appealed to the United Nations to recognize and acknowledge the Swastika as an important and peaceful symbol. In fact, they also differentiated it from the Hakenkreuz or "Hooked Cross" of Adolf Hitler.
India celebrated a historic day on August 7, as 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics. In the men's javelin throw event, he achieved his greatest triumph, throwing the javelin 87.58 meters on his second try.
Neeraj Chopra was born on December 24, 1997, in Khandra village in Haryana's Panipat district. He grew up in a Haryanavi family of farmers. He is the brother of two sisters. He graduated from Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh and is now enrolled in Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. Chopra was bullied due to his obesity as a kid, which prompted his father to enroll him in a nearby gym. He then joined a gym in Panipat, where Jaiveer Choudhary, a javelin thrower, noticed his potential and coached him. When the 13-year-old Chopra finished training under Jaiveer for a year, he was enrolled at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, where he began training under coach Naseem Ahmed.
In 2018, he broke the world record in the javelin throw and became India's first-ever gold medalist in the javelin throw. He is also a laureate of the Arjuna Award for 2018. | Wikimedia Commons
Chopra's first international medal came in 2014, as he took home a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Qualification Tournament in Bangkok. In 2015, he set a world record in the junior category of 81.04 meters in the 2015 All India Inter-University Athletics Meet.
Since emerging into the public eye with a historic gold medal at the junior world championships in 2016, he has maintained a high level of performance, setting an Under-20 world record of 86.48m, which still stands. Gold medals in both the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Asian Games are among his other accomplishments, including a first-place in the 2017 Asian Championships. In 2018, he broke the world record in the javelin throw and became India's first-ever gold medalist in the javelin throw. He is also a laureate of the Arjuna Award for 2018.
Chopra has also had his share of bad events in life. In 2019, he underwent surgery on the elbow of his right throwing arm, which kept him out of the game for almost a year. However, he returned more robust than ever. In November 2019, he went to South Africa to train from Klaus Bartoneitz. He spent the following year in India training at the NIS Patiala because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was allowed to go to France with his coach after weeks of trying to get a travel visa.
Neeraj Chopra made history in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics. Also, it is worth mentioning that after Abhinav Bindra, Chopra is only the second Indian to win an individual gold medal.
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The emergence of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England brought with it many apprehensions and fears that translated into a new genre in literature: the gothic. Today, the idea of the gothic does not have to much with literature as much as it is associated with fashion.
The Victorians began to wear black more often during the Industrial Revolution to hide the stains of soot on their clothes. Many of the working class were employed in factories. They were newly introduced to technology, the idea of coal as fuel, and the working of machines to serve a certain purpose. This kind of work was hard and messy. Wearing light colours burdened the tired folk when the stubborn stains did not get washed away.
The steam engine was invented to make locomotion easier for the masses, but it brought fear to the people. They had led quiet and simple lives till now, and suddenly their world was infiltrated with loud noises and smoke. Dark places became synonymous with evil deeds and mysteries. It was from this time that horror gained a place in the imaginations of people and artists.
A man sporting gothic clothes and shock coloured hair Image source: wikimedia commons
The gothics of today are those who have held on to these practices. There is no need to fear smoke and noise anymore, but the goths wear black clothes all the time, paint their skin a pale shade, to contrast their clothes, and wear bright shades of red. The traditional gothics decorated themselves with jewellery bearing religious significances, as the belief in Dracula and vampires emerged in the Victorian period. Today, it is a trend to wear studded crosses, or crosses made of black metal either as neck chokers, or earrings.
Modern goths also wear bright monotones to show their patronage of a certain style or order of the goths. They can be seen in neon shades of green, pink, and yellow, often sporting piercings, and matching hair. Their tastes are metallic, and they have an uncanny love for tattoos.
Designers consistently include gothic tastes and styles in their clothing lines to create inclusivity for this subculture. Being gothic, or identifying with them is somewhat a concern even in today's society, and such people are often stigmatised to the extent that it is considered a mental illness associated with the dark arts. The phenomenon is mostly observed in teenagers, and often phases out when they reach adulthood, depending on their sphere of influence.
Keywords: Gothic, Fashion, Victorian, Black, Jewellery