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Live Mint | Mon, November 16 2015 | Prashant K. Nanda |

The 2014-15 number is a record, official data showed on Monday. Since 2010, Indian students’ number in the US had been plateauing and ranged between 97,000 to 103,000 a year.

New Delhi: After a lull of about five years, there has been a significant jump in the number of Indian students pursuing education in the US. From 102,673 Indian students enrolled in US institutions in 2013-14, the number rose to 132,888 in 2014-15. The 2014-15 number is a record, official data showed on Monday. Since 2010, Indian students’ number in the US had been plateauing and ranged between 97,000 to 103,000 a year. Greater economic stability in the US contributed to the increase in the number of Indian students going to the country in search of quality education and better job prospects, Matthew K. Asada, first secretray at the US Embassy in New Delhi, said while releasing the data. In 2014-15, the US had a total of 974,926 international students, a 10% increase over the previous year. India is the second leading place of origin for them, accounting for 13.6% of the international students in the US, according to Open Doors, a database on students studying or teaching in the US and abroad.

“The number of students from India increased by 29.4% to a record high of 132,888. This is the highest rate of growth for India students in the history of Open Doors project, which spans back to 1954-55,” the Open Doors report said. About 80% of Indian students are studying engineering, mathematics and computer science and business, the data show. China continues to be the biggest point of origin for international students enrolled in American institutions. In 2014-15, 304,040 Chinese students were studying in the US, up from 274,439 in the previous year. The Chinese students’ numbers increased 10.8%. –  Courtesy


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