International universities’ claims need to be verified

Testimony of this fact is the number of students who queue up for admissions to courses that are affiliated to a foreign college. Whilst doing so, they do not check the ranking of the particular affiliated foreign university globally. Since rankings matter when it comes to international acceptance it surely should be verified before enrolling. Foreign accreditations which are globally accepted are a measures of the credibility of an institution / program, but if it dos not have acceptance or recognition by the formal educational authorities in the country, students may not be universally accepted in the job market or considered for admission to further studies in India and abroad.

Some students who have opted for a foreign accredited or collaborative program on account of its innovative curriculum and method of instruction, have found themselves disappointed by the fact that the program/institute did not attract the brightest minds, and the teachers/faculty have also fallen short of expectations.

Most Indian universities are higher ranked, better in reputation with a more comprehensive well recognized curriculum. Many Indian institutes organize industrial visits and internships which empower students to take initiatives for any additional learning opportunities. They deem important. Since Indian education is well affordable, students can spend the money on traveling, going for summer school abroad or participating in trade fairs

With assured placements being the order of the day, students prefer enrolling for diplomas certificates or MBA programs so as to bag the first job is offered on campus. What they do not realize is that many a times claims made in brochures are nothing but just claims. If these prospective students meet with alumni / students studying in the college, faculty and industry where the alumni are supposed to be working, this claim can be easily verified. They can also cross check with HR professionals/ recruitment agencies to validate the placement claims.

Claims that international universities make too need to be verified, especially since students assume they would automatically be granted a work permit once they complete their courses in that country. This is again a myth as all countries have strict work permit rules for people looking for employment in their country. What the student does not read in the fine print is that the he has to first find the job himself in order to apply for the work permit which is not automatically an extension of the student visa. A low tier MBA program or a certificate program does not fetch him a well paying white collar job in that country so that in effect the work permit ‘sop’ is useless and he has to comeback to India where his salary package is the same as a graduate from an equivalent Indian institute.

While there are enough and more cases of students being duped by Indian colleges and those have affiliations with foreign colleges one must mention here that not all private institutes or colleges or universities are bogus. What students and parents need to do is make a well informed and researched choice.

Any university should be recognized by the University Grants Commission and this is usually mentioned on the website and in the prospectus, quoting the date, and other details when the university was established. The university should be a member of the Association of Indian Universities. A college should be affiliated to a recognized university, and if autonomous, should be accredited or recognized / approved by the regulatory authority for the professional program it offers. The regulatory authorities are mentioned on the website of UGC under Higher Education. Examples are Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India, Indian Nursing Council, AICTE (for engineering, MBA, hotel management, MCA, etc) National Council for Teacher Education and so on. The above factors usually ensure that there is adequate infrastructure faculty and provisions to handle the number of students and programs that institution offers.

Yet another way of checking the college / university’s claim is by meeting with students of that college Whenever students approach us looking for information on our college, we tell the truth.. Students must get in touch with alumni of their potential institutes people living in that country and even recruitment agencies before they confirm their enrollment to get a more realistic idea of the post education opportunities.

Presenting the other side of the coin, a counselor says on the condition of anonymity. Sometimes you can’t blame universities for doing what they do – it is a business after all and there are so many people who are looking for better options, especially when it comes to finding any way out of this country and settle abroad. They are so blinded with this idea that it doesn’t matter to them if it’s a dodgy institution or not and they will mortgage their house and take loans to make these dreams come true.

These dreams often are not realized since students end up with degrees that are either not good enough to get them a job or wasting precious academic years only to return to a basic run of the mill course.