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A young Indian university leads the way in research and innovation

Sep 01, 2023

A hotbed of innovations in information technology and global business solutions, India attracts thousands of international students eager to learn what its universities can offer and how they helped build the world’s fifth-largest economy.

According to the latest All India Survey for Higher Education, around 50,000 international students go to India every year.

Dr. Ananya Mukherjee, Vice-Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University identified three key reasons India has become a top choice for international students: affordable world-class education, access to cutting-edge technology, and a multicultural approach to education.

Shiv Nadar University's campus in the province of Uttar Pradesh

Established in 2011, Shiv Nadar became the youngest university to be designated as an Institution of Eminence by the Indian Ministry of Education just last year. It was also the first in the country to establish a Center for Genomics and Spatial Transcriptomics (STOMICS).

“In India, international students get access to world-class education and exceptional training at budget-friendly fees,” said Mukherjee, who added that they also benefit from the low cost of living in the country.

“Our goal is to become a globally recognized research university that removes as many barriers as possible, financial hurdles included, to generating new knowledge. We offer scholarships to deserving students and provide research grants for studies in various sectors, like engineering, social science, and natural sciences,” she said.

Because of continuous government investment in infrastructure, India has become a leader in science and technology. Mukherjee expects more universities and organizations from both the public and private sectors to increase spending on research and development.

“India has always been at the forefront of scientific discovery, but more so in recent years,” said Mukherjee, who looks forward to the technological innovations to be presented during India’s presidency of the Group of 20 leading economies (G20) this year.

“Shiv Nadar empowers its students and researchers to create pathbreaking studies and solutions that address the most pressing problems of India and the global community. To do that, the university provides a dynamic, discovery-driven environment that is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge laboratory facilities,” she said.

In just 12 years, Shiv Nadar has created a vast and diverse community of researchers, scientists, and industry experts from all over the world to show a multicultural educational experience creates better solutions to global challenges and bigger opportunities for collaboration.

“India is a dynamic country and a melting pot of cultures. International students get introduced to new perspectives and diverse environments that push their curiosity and understanding of both the world in general and their specialized areas of study,” said Mukherjee.

“Shiv Nadar has a faculty pool from the world’s best universities. We offer our students unparalleled education that combines theoretical knowledge, the experience of being in India, and practical insights from our global network of industry thought leaders,” she added.

India 2023 was prepared for and originally printed in Foreign Affairs magazine.

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