Indian students in US exceed 100,000, register record

For the eighth consecutive year, Indian students in the US topped the figure of foreign students in that country in 2009, numbering 103,260 and registering a 9 per cent increase against last year’s figure of 94,563.

Disclosing this at a press conference here today, US Ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer, said the number of US students in India had also increased by 20 per cent.

Both developments signified a deep understanding between the two countries in the field of education, development and related matters, he said.

”The relationship between the United States and India…can at times be hard to quantify in its many dimensions. But the outstanding news of the record number of Indian students studying in the US is concrete evidence of the strength and depth of our connection,” he said. 

Pointing out that the dignity and strength of both nations depended on the education of their people, he called for aggressively seizing the opportunities.

”These extraordinary numbers, growing each year, are a testament to the deep and robust relationship our two countries share and the bright future of cooperation the people of our great nations will see,” he added.

Of these 15,600 are undergraduates, 71,019 graduates (including masters and PhD programmes), 1,755 non-degree and 14,886 internship participants.

In 2007-08, the Indian student distribution in the US was 13,639 undergraduates, 68,069 graduates, 979 non-degree and 10,846 internship participants.

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