Foreign Universities experience a huge influx of International students each year, these student numbers are integral to the revenue model and the overall profitability of the Institutions. A large majority of these students are from affluent families in the Northern region of India. The students from the capital city of Delhi and the National capital region mostly enroll in Universities located in the UK, USA, Europe and Canada for the Undergrad and graduate programs.
The current crisis has posed a big problem for these students and their families, the pandemic will ensure that travel across borders will not be possible. Parents will feel safer to have their children study closer to home and mostly within the Delhi NCR region. The Foreign Universities may have offered admissions to several students but they will not be able to join them physically, although they plan to start online classes, but it won’t be the same feeling. The fee charged by the Universities is a huge amount and online classes from a remote location will not suffice student expectation. Another concern is that the timeline for the current situation is bleak and the future is uncertain. The above scenario might infact lead to a reverse flow to students to the top leading Universities in the Delhi, Gurugram & Noida belt.
Which Indian Universities will have an edge In the Delhi NCR region and will end up attracting these students to their campuses:
International Collaborations & Mindset: Universities that have historically been imparting International degrees and programs from India, they definitely have an International mindset and are equipped to handle student requirements. Also the students can easily transfer their credits after one year to any University of their choice.
Centrally located campuses: City campuses will surely gain in this situation, as students will not be moving to hostels and far off residential campuses.
Well networked peer group: Universities and campuses that are engaging students from the DLF Golf course areas and centrally located in Delhi or Noida will have a huge traction for these students, as they can network and study with a peer group they relate to
Globally benchmarked curriculum: Universities that deliver globally benchmarked courses, have strong intellectual capital and have a legacy in education will be the first preference
Boutique campuses: that cater to a niche segment of students and not mass universities will be the only option to choose from.
The choice for the students is only limited to a few and most will try to be able to secure seats in these Universities in India. The whole dimension of education is changing and government universities may not be in a position to offer the infrastructure the customer desires.