Students from India look increasingly to overseas education, board exam cancellations complicate admissions

June 10, 2021

The second wave of the pandemic in India has had several significant impacts on students looking to enter higher education. India Times reports that the upheaval created by the pandemic has caused students to look overseas for college admissions in countries with access to vaccines, robust health infrastructure, and policies favouring foreign student admissions. Several education platforms told the India Times that they had seen an over 50% increase in students wanting to pursue higher education outside of the country in 2021 compared to 2020. The pandemic also forced India to cancel the Class 12 board exams, which are commonly used for applications and admissions to postsecondary education for Indian students. IIT Bombay Professor Anura explained in an article for NDTV that universities will need to turn to other information – such as estimated scores, the creation of entrance exams, or additional metrics – for applications. India Times (Subscription) | NDTV (International)