India begins to be favored by the students of Indonesia, especially Bali, to continue their undergraduate and graduate studies. Even, a total of 25 students from Bali took further their studies in the country in 2012. It shows the destination of study is not only Australia, Britain and the United States, but India is now also in demand.
Indian ambassador to Indonesia, Gurjit Singh, said there were two kinds of studies that could be taken by Indonesian students in India namely continuing their degree (double degree) and student exchange. “A total of 100 visas we have issued for Indonesian students wishing to continue their education in India,” he said in the news conference at the State Institute of Hindu Dharma (IHDN) Denpasar, Monday (Mar 18).
Formerly, explained Gurjit Singh, more students from Indonesia took major in social sciences at the Indian universities. Now, they prefer to take science and technology. “Many students from India also attend school in Indonesia, especially in Bali. They spread across the state universities in Indonesia and Bali,” he said.
Some students of the country whose population ranked second largest in the world are studying at the IHDN and Udayana University taking the major in Medicine, Indonesian language and Indonesian culture. “Indonesia and India have a long history. Even, we have a common culture,” he said.
At the end his interview, the Indian Ambassador told if his party would provide the opportunity of scholarships to journalists from Bali to continue their studies in India every year. “We provide the opportunity for two journalists to study in India for six months. Everything is financed by the ambassador,” concluded Gurjit Singh. (BTN/015)