As the post-Covid education landscape shifts dramatically, students in India’s Northeastern regions are increasingly opting for a university or institution closer to home. Stakeholders ranging from parents to educators believe that, in the Covid era, region-based institutions have emerged as credible higher education challengers, as opposed to learners travelling to neighbouring states.
Prospective students evaluate schools based on quality, safety. North-East India’s education system is maturing, according to stakeholders in the region. According to Narayan Chandra Talukdar, Vice-Chancellor of Assam Downtown University, a prestigious institution with over 64 programmes and over 8000 students from 10 Indian states, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and even some African countries, the goal is to standardise the education system in order to meet global standards and compete favourably.
North-East India, particularly Assam, is quickly developing as a major name in higher education. Today, it is one of the most well-known campuses of higher education, providing comprehensive and equitable quality education that leads to students’ long-term development and progress. Assam offers a variety of business, medical, and engineering institutions to meet the region’s and the country’s expanding demands. Furthermore, several prestigious colleges in the state have ushered in a new age of education in different fields, giving students in the region a plethora of employment possibilities.
The North-East Indian states of Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura, and Meghalaya have begun an educational renaissance aimed at creating a system that works not just for the people of India, but for anyone around the world seeking the necessary skill and international exposure to function in today’s world.
From regular programmes like BCA, BBA, Sericulture, Travel and Tourism, Environmental Science, among others, to several professional courses, these tertiary institutions are opening up new vistas for quality learning and research.
The cultural and natural diversity of the region exposes foreign students to a whole new experience.
Joint Director, SCERT, Assam, Dr Jayanta Kumar Sarmah observed that “the North East region has a natural setting with a wide range of resources for real-time learning.” One of the biggest areas of potential is agricultural science with special focus on biotechnology and forestry. “The government needs to take the initiative to provide world-class facilities in the institutions to run one or two specific need-based courses, which will have a tremendous impact on socio-economic development. This will definitely entice students from other states and countries,” he notes.
According to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Assam has three institutions in the top 100 in India: Tezpur University, Gauhati University, and Dibrugarh University. Similarly, three Assamese universities are among India’s top 100 engineering institutes.
According to statistics, the majority of international students come from Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh Africa, Bhutan, Nigeria, Lao, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Iran, with many of them pursuing B-Tech engineering degrees and many others pursuing BBA degrees. Pharmacy, Medicine, Computer Applications, Fashion, Sociology, Dentistry, and Nursing are other popular undergraduate courses for international students. As the winds of change blow across North East India’s institutions of higher learning, stakeholders highlight the importance of giving the region the attention it deserves in order to convert it into a centre for educational tourism.
(Source – India TV)