The geographical location of India and Nepal has been the reason for closer relations between the two countries in respect of religion, culture and education. Among other ties between the two countries, educational background has been observed as the most common past centuries. Since the Gurukul system of education started, India has been destined as an education hub for the students of Nepal.
The trend also arose as soon as the education system advanced in India. There has been much significant reason behind this. The end of the Rana regime in Nepal, the country lacked in potential as it could not improve the quality of education in schools and give fruitful higher education. Although later it gained its potential, still India remained as the main attraction for higher education.
The graph increased as the visa rules grew tighter for the students to go to the foreign countries for education. According to Vivek Shukla, the head of the marketing and projects of Afairs, who organize education fairs in India and abroad says that they are like a bridge between Indian Institutions and Nepalese students. It has also been observed that only higher education is not the main target for the Nepalese students but they also come for primary education.
Another significant reason for these foreign connections is that due to the geographical ties between the two countries, both India and Nepal shares more or less similar kind of culture. So Nepalese prefers and feels secure to send their children come to India and get an education in graduate and post graduate fields. Moreover, affordable education fees are also a reason to attract these foreign students.
India has been marked as the most developed country in Asia based on the educational system. For a few decades, Indian administration has shown enormous interest in increasing the quality of education. Both government and private sectors invested in establishing institutions and colleges for graduate and post graduate degree.
India’s diverse culture is also reason for attracting the Nepalese. There are both expensive colleges for an elite class of people and normal colleges demanding affordable fees for middle class families. A recent report of University Grants Commission highlights that there are 20 central universities, 215 state universities and over 16000 colleges offering graduate and post graduate degrees all over India.
Information technology or IT and management degrees are the best courses offered by India. India ranks world’s second largest network in IT and management professionals. The colleges like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT) are remarked among the best engineering colleges among the top institutes in the world. There are also colleges and institutions like AIMS in Bangalore, NSHM campus, JIS groups of colleges are the most marked site for education among the students from Nepal.
There are also some reasons for the students of Nepal to choose India for higher education. There is no hassle of coming to India. The students can easily get admission in Indian colleges and even join jobs. The cultural and similar socioeconomic environment of India makes Nepalese students to join colleges and institutions for higher studies.