Students throng US education fair in Kolkata

Kolkata, Sept 14 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS)  A total of 22 leading American universities and colleges   participated in the fifth ‘Linden U.S University Fair-study in U.S.A’ organised by United States-Indian Education Foundation (USIEF) here.

The fair, which was held at the Oberoi Grand Hotel on Wednesday, had participants like  University of Minnesota, University of San Francisco and University of Washington.
The fair was aimed at providing information about the courses that these universities and colleges offer.
The education fair provided opportunity to prospective students to interact directly with admission officials of American colleges and universities.

Admission officials guided the students regarding the courses they provided, the criteria needed to apply, scholarships and concessions they gave on merit basis.

Tour leader JoBeth Brudner said “ the second largest number of students to USA come from India, which is nearly 100,000”.

“We have held this fair in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Kolkata. Next is Ahmadabad,” she said.

Officials from the U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata informed students regarding visa applications.

Large number of students and parents arrived at the fair.

Meghranjana Chatterjee, an aspirant who aims to study in Harvard University, said she wanted to inquire what other universities provide.

Electronic Engineering student Saikad Banerjee said: “I want to do my PhD in U.S. I heard the education system out there is flexible, good quality and with industry collaboration. Hope I will get more information.”

Academic official of Ithaca College said that there were only 3% Indian students in their college at present and hoped “this (education fair) will increase the number of students.”
She said the course fees on the average is 50,000 USD.

Ropsha Chatterjee, a prospective student, said that it was the first time she attended such fair and it proved fruitful.

There were many first timers like her for whom the fair was useful as they could gather all the necessary information they wanted.

A visitor, S. Chatterjee said “this fair may help my daughter choose a particular field since she will finish class 12 next year.” 

 (Reporting by Nawaneeta Subba)

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