This is a story of an Ethiopian girl who did her bachelors (in Microbiology ) and masters (in Biotechnology) in India. We asked her to share her experience with our readers and she sent us the following letter.
India is such a vast place that it will be hard for me to put my experience under the broad title of “Education in India”. I would like to start talking about the particular city where I have done my studies – Pune. Pune has been one of the most frequented education hubs in India. It is commonly referred as the ‘Oxford of the East’. It indeed lives up to its big name by luring a large number of Indian and as well as international students from each part of the globe, bringing together all the 7 continents under one colorful city. So many of us international students come to this city as a guest and just end up getting attached to it!
I have done my Bachelor under Pune University with the aid of ICCR scholarship. This university is very well known and I have got to say it has an impeccable course structure with clear and well detailed syllabi mentioning even the reference books you need to read. So, if you are a focused student and follow the guidelines of the syllabi, I am confident you will be able to perform well. When pursuing Bachelor studies in India, you always have to select a particular college under the university. I was studying at Sinhgad College and it had plenty of extracurricular activities especially under a festival called Karandhak.
I have pursued my Masters at Symbiosis International University under the competitive SIU-ICCR joint scholarship scheme. This university is unique starting from the fact that it was made with the vision of helping foreign students. This is where every international student feels valued for their unique culture and identity. The university runs a number of events throughout the year specifically for foreign students and it has also an active international students’ cell and council which enriches the experiences foreign students. It really plays a huge role in making Pune feel ‘A Home Away From Home’. It has also a different approach to education in comparison to other universities; I found the educational system to be more innovative. I was especially ecstatic as a science student to be able to have access to hifi instruments such as the flow cytometry machine. If you are ambitious and hardworking, the university will go a mile extra to help you out, which is mutually beneficial to you and the institution.
Overall, education in India has the following things in common. The education will probably require you to spend a lot of time at the institution and has plenty of practical sessions. The practical sessions are particularly useful as they equip you with the skills needed to transform your unique ideas into real applicable solutions. Besides, there are plenty of conferences, short-term trainings and extra courses that you can take which can help you further advance your professional skills. In addition, education in India is never a dull experience; it has plenty of extracurricular activities involving music, dance, fashion shows and acting. Such activities are fun, stimulate your creativity and add to your list of talents. Finally, the best thing about studying abroad in general and particularly in India is that it makes you very street smart; you become independent and learn how to get things done on your own!