Chandigarh has the highest number of students per lakh population going abroad in the whole country. In response to the question of Rajasthan MP Manoj Rajoria, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan presented the data of students going abroad from all the states in Parliament.
According to the data, between January 2016 and February 2021, 10,150 students per one lakh population in Chandigarh went abroad.
On the other hand, in Punjab, 859 students were going abroad per one lakh people, while in Haryana, 149 students were going abroad per one lakh people.
The data presented did not come as a surprise to many academicians as well as the principals of the Union Territory, as Chandigarh has long been considered as an education hub, with students often passing through various entrances. go abroad.
Gurnam Kaur Grewal, Principal, GNPS Sector 36, realized that the students get quality education from Chandigarh and then go abroad for jobs.
“Students with good academic records are often admitted to the best colleges, as the level of education here prepares them for foreign universities. After completing their degree abroad, they obtain job permits and settle abroad,” Grewal said. According to central government data, in the last five years from January 1, 2016 to March 18, 2021, more than 1.37 crore Indians have traveled abroad on employment visas.
Immigration consultant Harman said that in the last few years, the number of firms offering consultancy services has increased as the city has been transformed into an educational hub.
“Many immigration consultants have set up their main branches in Chandigarh. Hence applicants approach these main branches with the confidence that there is no chance of them getting rejected,” he said.
Patiala resident Sarabjit Singh, who is preparing for IELTS at Gray Matters, Chandigarh, felt that the proposed pay scale was a key factor in motivating students to go abroad for jobs. “Flying and settling abroad is tough. But the opportunities available to students abroad are more. There the quality of education is better. Moreover, the payment on offer after their courses is one of the most important factors that influence students to go abroad,” he said. He said that there are many institutes in India that offer placements with good packages, but they are still weak as compared to foreign companies.