The Trump administration’s rhetoric against immigrants notwithstanding, the number of Indian students in American educational institutions has gone up substantially in the past two years.
The US embassy in New Delhi and Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai organised ‘Student Visa Day’ on Thursday, opening their doors to more than 4,000 Indian students applying for visas to pursue higher education in America.
US Chargé d'Affaires MaryKay Carlson in New Delhi and Consuls General throughout India congratulated applicants as they joined the growing ranks of Indian students studying in the US.
Currently, 166,000 Indian students are enrolled in US institutions of higher education – up from 100,000 just two years ago. “Today, every sixth international student in the United States is from India, and these students are contributing enormously to every aspect of life at the university and in the surrounding communities,” Carlson said on the occasion.
The embassy and the consulates welcomed applicants in an informative and festive atmosphere. Some consulates had alumni guest speakers, while others had a video station or other special programmes for the applicants. Representatives from Education USA, American Spaces, and recent US graduates gave insights and answered questions from students about college life in the country.
In her recent op-ed “When You Learn with Us,” Carlson wrote, “You should be proud of the invitation to join this group of young people whose lives will be changed forever by the dynamism, openness, and quality of campuses across the US. In doing so, you will join some of India’s leading politicians, heads of industry, artists, academics, scientists, and actors who have studied in the United States.”