The International Coordination and Development Programme (ICDP) of Shaheed Bhagat Singh college, Delhi University recently conducted a survey yielding results which said that over 50% of students studying at various universities across Delhi named the
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The survey, weighing a sample size of 350, included respondents mostly from Delhi University; Indian Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Management Science were also incorporated.
It was primarily conducted to gain access to the importance of foreign languages and student exchange programmes.
The barriers as reported by students in pursuit of their dream of going abroad comprise finances, anxiety of living in an alien environment as well as the question of affordable living.
Europe and Canada line up in terms of choice after the US.
The alternatives of subjects vary according to different streams, like students from commerce mostly opted for finance and management, while students with social science background opted for economics.
The coordinator of the ICDP, Amrita Bajaj says,
“The survey highlights that student exchange programmes can lay the foundation for higher education. It can also be the playground to apply the theoretical aspects of a foreign language in day-to-day life, giving a strong practical base for an otherwise bookish knowledge.”
Many of the respondents also suggested that if a ‘centralised system for exchange programme’ becomes functional in every college and university across the country, students would opt for exchange programmes in large numbers.
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