Pandemic saw 13 per cent drop in Indian students in US

New Delhi: The annual report of the Institute of International Education (IIE) has revealed that there has been a 13 percent drop in the number of Indians studying in the United States (US) in the year 2020-21. The US officials attribute the drop in numbers to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, subsequent lockdowns, and travel restrictions. 

According to the 2021 Open Doors Report, Indian students continue to be the second-largest group of international students in the US after those from China. However, the US remains a “top destination” for international students with 914,000 international students from over 200 places of origin, says the report. 

“Over 62,000 student visas were issued this summer alone, more than any previous year. The figures on student visas indicate that the “downturn” in the number of Indian studying in the US, was a “Covid blip” but the overall trend line has been generally positive”, said Anthony Miranda, Counselor for Cultural and Educational Affairs at the US Embassy in New Delhi. He was addressing a press conference on November 15 in New Delhi at the United States-India Education Foundation (USIEF). 

The report indicated that due to the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on education and student mobility, the number of Indian studying in the US decreased by about 13 percent in 2020-21 vis-à-vis previous academic year while the overall decrease in the number of international students in the US was around 15 percent. 

Minister Counsellor for Consular Affairs at the US embassy Donald Heflin informed that more slots for issuing visas to students planning to head to the US for the spring semester have been kept in the month of December 2021.  

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