In the five years to 2012, Hyderabad sent more students to the U.S. than New Delhi and Mumbai combined
, according to a recent study by the Brookings Institution, an American think-tank.
The southern Indian city is the hometown of one of the world’s most successful émigré Indians, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, but its lead in sending students to the States is still a bit surprising.
Brookings’ list of the top cities around the world sending students to U.S. colleges and universities ranks Hyderabad number one in India and number four in the world.
Hyderabad sent 26,220 students to the U.S. Next was Mumbai, with 17,294, followed by Chennai with 9,141; Bangalore with 8,835 and Delhi with 8,728.
Hyderabad’s home state, at the time, Andhra Pradesh held some other surprises. Three other cities from the region made it to the Brookings list – Secunderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.
Are Andhra Pradesh’s students more motivated to study abroad? Do they have more money to pay for an expensive U.S. college education?
The report didn’t speculate on that, but it did point to one trend that might have inflated Hyderabad’s results.
Some of the educational institutions that accepted Hyderabad’s students were little-known and often unaccredited schools, some of which have since been shut down by U.S. authorities for allegedly engaging in visa fraud.
While students from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore tended to go to well-known universities, including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California, the students of Hyderabad were more likely to end up at smaller schools.
“Some of these schools have been closed down because they were abusing the (student) visa system and the Curricular Practical Training program to bring students to work for employers, rather than primarily to study for a degree program,” the report said
Source : Wall Street journal Article