The Union government has initiated the process of compiling data of Indian students studying abroad. The move is aimed at helping the government understand what makes Indian students go abroad. This data is further expected to help the government bind the students based abroad. It will also help inculcate Indian values in them and prepare them to be value ambassadors for Indian culture.Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been actively involved in connecting with students abroad. The exercise is to help the ABVP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh build their international cadre. The ABVP is currently working on setting up an overseas chapter to unite the Indian students studying in various countries. It is working closely with other Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh affiliates based abroad and also remains in touch with the BJP’s overseas wing.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“We want Indian students to remain connected to their roots and value system. When these students go on to hold prominent positions in their careers, they continue to stay connected and benefit the younger generation and help in nation-building,” said Rohit Chahal, national executive committee member of ABVP. While the ministry of external affairs maintains the data of foreign students studying in India, there is no compiled data about Indian students studying abroad.Currently, there are over 1.7 lakh Indian students spread across the US, Australia and the European Union. The government has little information about the families or educational backgrounds of these students. The Prime Minister’s Office has now asked the human resource development ministry to compile this data.Absence of data puts the Indian government in a disadvantageous position when Indian students based abroad face problems. “In crisis situations, the government takes time to react, for we do not have the basic details of the students with us. Precious hours go waste before we can come to their rescue,” said a senior government official.The exercise is also likely to help the government formulate its policy for foreign universities. Niti Ayog is currently reviewing the foreign university bill. “The data will also help us to understand what are the popular courses that students opt for. It could probably have a positive influence on the foreign universities bill to help understand all that can be incorporated in the bill from a student’s perspective,” added the official.
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