India's most innovative and Information Technology (IT) hub, Karnataka state seems to attract more number of foreign students.
Karnataka is the favorite destination for Foreign students, who come to study in higher educational institutions.
A joint report on the status of Higher Education in India by Confederation of Indian Economy (CII) and Union Human Resource Development Ministry.
Report says, Karnataka has second highest concentration of colleges in the country, with most experienced faculties. Even it has good number of student-teacher ratio than any other state in the country.
Every year an average of 27,531 students who choose India for higher education, in which more than 10,000 students choose colleges in Karnataka.
Other states like, Andhra Pradesh will have 4,698 students and Maharashtra have 4,369 students, which are ranked second and third place for foreign students.
Tamil Nadu with 2,383 and Delhi with 1,529 students from abroad respectively. They are in fourth and fifth positions.
According to the sources, Karnataka has 3,098 colleges (9.4%) of all the colleges in India. It was ranked fourth in terms of colleges in any state.
State has placed second in terms of state universities and third in deemed universities.
Report says, "The state has 6.9% of all the universities in the country."
It has been ranked fifth in having 21 General universities and also has got maximum in terms of six medical universities.
"In terms of access, Karnataka has the second highest concentration of 44 colleges per lakh population as compared to the all India average of 23 colleges per lakh population," the report noted.
However, state lags behind in admitting the students compared to an average of 700 students per college. An average of 16 lakh students enrolled in regular courses in the state educational institutions.
Around 90% of the colleges in the state are affiliated to Universities. While rest of the colleges are constituent, autonomous, university colleges, off campus.
The state also has 66.3% of private unaided colleges, 20% government aided colleges and 13.5% private aided colleges.
The CII-MHRD report stated, "With 1.32 lakh teaching and 0.95 lakh non-teaching staff respectively in all colleges, (42.5 teaching staff per college and 30.5 non-teaching,) Karnataka is behind the national average in terms of number of teachers in a college."