Srinagar: Ayaan Zameer, 18, has always aspired to study and work in Europe.
He prepared hard and even earned a distinction in the 12th class last year to become eligible. Luck also favored him and he was admitted to one of Australia’s prestigious colleges.
“It is a known fact that the West only prefers applicants who have studied at prestigious colleges in Europe. I am doing my Bachelor of Business Studies and hope to find a job here in Australia,” he said declared.
Ayaan is not an isolated case. Many students now prefer to pursue higher education abroad.
Data viewed by The Kashmir Monitor reveals that more than 30,000 students in Jammu and Kashmir prefer foreign countries for their studies every year.
Figures reveal that for every one lakh population, 219 students go abroad to study every year. This involves 30,000 students from Jammu and Kashmir, which has a population of 1.35 crore, traveling to foreign countries for study,
Documents reveal that USA, Turkey, Australia, Ukraine, Italy and Russia are the favorite countries for students from Jammu and Kashmir.
Similarly, Bangladesh, China and Malaysia receive a good number of students from Jammu and Kashmir.
Most students study medicine, while others prefer business administration.
Every year, 2,000 UT applicants go to Bangladesh for medical studies as English is the native language.
A good proportion of students also move to Pune, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad for higher education.
Rameez Raja, owner of an education consultancy, said the limited number of places available in colleges in Kashmir and the quality of education in foreign countries attract students to pursue higher education abroad from the country.
“The main reason is that Europe has a good labor market. It becomes easy for a student to get a campus placement if they study in a European college. Another reason is that we have limited places for courses like medicine which have huge demand in India,” he said.