However, the United States remains a “top destination” for international students, and according to the 2021 Open Door Report, Indian students still make up the second largest group of international students from China in the United States.
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Senior officials at the US embassy in New Delhi shared details of the report at a news conference at Fulbright House here on Monday, and told reporters that “more than 62,000 student visas have been issued this summer alone, more than at any other time last year.” Student visa statistics indicate that the “recession” of the number of Indians studying in the United States was a “covid blip” and “the overall trend was generally positive,” said Anthony Miranda, counselor on culture and education. US Embassy.
He spoke about the global impact of the Kovid-19 epidemic on education and student mobility, and said that the United States has been affected by the decline in the number of international students studying in the United States.
The number of Indians studying in the United States fell by about 13 percent in 2020-21 compared to the previous academic year, in reference to the same period, the overall number of international students in the United States dropped by about 15 percent, Miranda said, citing the report.
He asserted that despite the effects of the epidemic, “the United States remains a top destination for international students, welcoming more than 914,000 international students from more than 200 source locations,” the report quoted him as saying.
According to the 2021 Open Doors report, the U.S. embassy said in a statement that Indian students accounted for about 20 percent of that number, with 1,67,582 students in the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has released its annual report in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a vast resource of information on international students and scholars in the United States and American students abroad.
“I am pleased to announce that the report confirms that the United States continues to be a top destination for international students pursuing higher education abroad,” Miranda said.
Donald Heflin, counselor for the embassy’s consular affairs, said the epidemic and subsequent lockdowns posed a major challenge, and created security concerns in the minds of parents whose children were flying to the United States for higher education, but efforts were made on both sides. (United States and India) to ensure safe and comfortable transfers for students.
“Despite the global epidemic, Indian students were able to apply for visas and travel to the United States. We have issued more than 62,000 student visas this summer alone, more than the previous year. This shows that the United States remains the preferred destination for Indian students interested in studying abroad. We look forward to issuing more visas next year, “he said.
Heflin also told reporters that more slots for student visas, planned to travel to the United States for the spring semester, are set for December.
The U.S. embassy said in a statement that “the United States is open and welcome to international students across the global Covid-19 epidemic.”
The first Covid-19 case worldwide was reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. And later Europe, and the United States and other countries. In India, the first case was reported in January 2020, and as cases escalated, the government issued a nationwide lockdown in late March of that year.
International flight services were suspended as part of the government’s response to the outbreak.
International passenger services scheduled in India have been suspended since March 23 last year due to the epidemic. However, special international flights have been operating under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with about 28 countries, including the United States, since July 2020.
The U.S. Embassy said in a statement Monday that “over the past year, the U.S. government and U.S. institutions of higher learning have implemented measures to welcome international students safely, both personally, online and through hybrid learning methods, to strengthen opportunities and resources for international students.”
“International student mobility is at the heart of US diplomacy, innovation, economic prosperity and national security,” Miranda said. We value Indian students because they build lifelong connections with American peers to maintain and grow international partnerships and collectively address current and future global challenges. ”
The event was held at the United States-India Education Foundation (USIEF).
USIEF promotes mutual understanding between the citizens of India and the United States through the educational exchange of outstanding scholars, professionals and students. Since its inception, USAIF has provided approximately 20,000 Fulbright, Fulbright-Nehru, and other prestigious grants and scholarships in almost every academic branch, according to its website.
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