Over 1,000 students from Saudi Arabia are currently pursuing higher studies in Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore. The country is gaining immense popularity among Saudi students who want to pursue courses in management, information technology, engineering and biotechnology. Saudi students also study in India to enhance English Language skills. Despite the fierce domestic competition for seats in Indian colleges and universities, the government scholarship program is accelerating the trend of Saudi students applying for Indian Universities.
The head of Chancery and Consul (Education) at the Consulate said "Representatives from Indian universities should explore the opportunities in the country and approach the student community and elucidate them about the courses, amenities and fee structure along with the admission procedures."
Mohammed Raghib Qureshi from the Consulate General of India in Jeddah called on Indian universities to exploit the vast potential. He also pointing out that the issue of selecting the right institution for higher education after completion of class 12 was very important to the NRI community .
"Also, children seeking the subject of their choice, had limited options for higher eductaion in Saudi Arabia and it was especially sensitive in the case of girl students", he added.
However, the fact that more Indians are contributing to global science research is beneficial as it brings in goodwill and is working at sustaining reciprocal connectivity, which comes only from improving quality. India's efforts to become Asia's "Knowledge Hub" may soon materialise- India has registered a higher percentage of enrollment of international students and research collaboration.