Cannon said that there are around 850 indian students currently studying in ireland for postgraduate degree in Engineering, Pharma, Business, Computer Science, Accounting and Hospitality Management.
"We want to double the number of indian students studying with us by 2015. And we are confident that we are building a significant momentum towards that goal," he said.
According to the Irish officials, it is estimated that every 100 additional international students who came to ireland support the creation of 15 local jobs, through spending on tuition, accommodation and other living expenses.
Cannon said, "India is recognized as having some of the most talented and hard working students in the world and our top-class Higher Education Institutions (HEI) can provide an excellent education and also provide significant opportunities for career advancement in areas such as IT and Life Sciences,"
An education Ireland Students fair is slated to be held here tomorrow where Indian students will be able to meet and understand what Ireland's leading HEI's have to showcase, official said.
The Global Business Director, Enterprise Ireland, Julie Sinnamon, said the ministerial-led Education Ireland mission to India brought together the largest ever irish delegation to provide Indian students an opportunity to interact with experts from a wide range of disciplines from across Ireland's leading HEI's.