What is the major difference that you see between an Indian and a Canadian institute of higher education?
The major difference is that in the Canadian institutions a practical approach is used in teaching and learning. A more theoretical approach is taken in the Indian institutions where students can explain the theory but don’t know how to implement. In Canadian institutions there is a greater emphasis on implementation.
How many of the Indian students who attend university in Canada get back to India?
Probably five out of 100.
In the 1960s and 70s, Indian students going abroad for higher studies were considered a “brain drain”, but since the 1990s the view is that Indian students studying abroad acts as a soft power for India. Do you agree?
When the students start their careers abroad, they start investing back in India. They are also considered a soft power to promote positive views about India. Many also go back to India to start business ventures. In many ways, there is a long-term benefit.
Do you think Indian students in Canada get apt employment after completing their education from universities or community colleges in Canada?
It depends on the subject area and the skills requirements in Canada. Students in the IT, engineering, and commerce fields are able to find jobs.
Which courses in Canadian educational institutions offer better prospects for Indian international students in Canada?
IT, engineering, medicine, healthcare, commerce, and management.
There are many students from India nowadays who prefer to study in Canada. Do you think there is a possibility of students going to India from Canada for higher education or for training and what can be done to improve the connection and interest?
The interest can be increased with specialised programmes and courses that would be of high value for Canadians. They can include science, technology, space, cultural heritage, music and arts.