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About India

As its tertiary level education places expand, India is becoming a regional host country as well as a leading sending country. India has one of the world's largest higher education systems, in 2012, there are 642 universities, 34,852 colleges and 11,126 stand-alone institutions in India. The Indian government has enacted policies encouraging and helping more international students from developing countries to study in India.

Fast Facts: India

  • Total enrollment in higher education has been estimated to be 29.2 million with 16.2 million boys and 13 million girls. Girls constitute 45% of the total enrollment.
  • The foreign students come from 155 different countries from all across the globe. The top 10 countries constitute 64% of the total foreign students enrolled.
  • In 2011-2012, the highest share of students come from the neighboring countries of which which Nepal is 19% of the total, followed by Bhutan (8%), Iran (7%), Afghanistan (6.7%) and Malaysia (5%).

Source: Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development

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