Lesser Number of Indian Students Joining US Engineering Colleges

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  • Enrollment of Indian students in US universities reduced by 21% in 2017
  • International students enrollment reduced by 4% between 2016 and 2017
  • Dip in enrollment attributed to present administration's visa and work policies

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According to a study released by the National Foundation for American Policy, based on data from the US Department of Homeland Security, there has been a dip of 21% in the number of Indian students enrolled for graduate programs in computer science and engineering.

The number of international students enrolled at US universities between 2016 and 2017 reduced by 4% and and this has been largely because of the dip in the number of Indian students enrolling for graduate-level programs in the US, said the report.

The report, authored by NFAP, a non-profit public policy research organization, also said that the current administration (headed by Donald Trump), with its visa and work policies, is largely the reason behind this dip.

The current policies have cast a negative shadow on the after-study prospects that students have in the country. Indian graduate students are some of the major hires by US firms. The report said, "News reports and other information about the US limiting the ability of international students to gain employment after completing their studies could be discouraging enrollment."

The decline in enrollment has also been attributed to demonetization in India which led to cash shortage in India, but this wasn't considered a major cause, according to the report.

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