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                           One-fifth the cost of many courses in US, Europe

BANGKOK: -- Far cheaper than those in the US or Europe, schools in India have become a good option for Thai students who want to equip themselves with English proficiency.

"Studying in India is one fifth of the cost of studying in the UK," said Sanjeev Bolia, founder and CEO of Afairs Exhibition and Media Pvt Ltd, which has hosted the Great India Education Fair (TGIEF) in Thailand for four consecutive years.

According to Bolia, the average total cost including tuition fees and living costs for graduate students studying in the business, management, arts and sciences or technology fields for three to four years in India was $10,000 (Bt310,000), while in the UK it was about $56,000-$66,000, and in the US it was even higher at $80,000 for public academic institutions and $102,000-$137,000 at private ones.

"Therefore, there are more than 7,000 Thai students studying in various Indian universities on a self-financing basis, specialising in management, engineering studies, IT and even English, and over 3,000 Thai students get admitted to Indian boarding and international schools each year in North and South India," said Bolia.

He added that the number of Thai students in India was growing by 20-30 per cent per year, while the number of university and college students was growing 5 to 10 per cent yearly.

Business, management, IT, engineering, medicine and pharmacy are the most popular fields among Thai students.

IIT Bombay was ranked 187th in the QS World University Rankings in 2010. Three Indian universities - Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Management and Jawaharlal Nehru University - were listed in the Times Higher Education list of the world's top 200 universities in 2005 and 2006. Six Indian Institutes of Technology and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science were listed among the top 20 science and technology schools in Asia by Asia Week. The Indian School of Business in Hyderabad was ranked number 12 in global MBA rankings by the Financial Times of London in 2010, and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has been recognised as a global leader in medical research and treatment, according to Bolia.

Studying aside, "Thais can get a job in India and at India-based companies in Thailand. There is a possibility to get a job at Thailand-based companies running their businesses in India, too," said DK Bakshi, secretary-general of the India Thai Business Association.

He added that India could help Thai students become more fluent in English, which would increase their chances of being selected by companies both in India and Thailand.

Apart from the lower cost, India's similar Buddhism-based culture and traditions could help Thai students adjust to their new environment. Assoc Prof Boonlue Jaimano of Kasetsart University, who graduated from Delhi University, said he found that Indians do many things in a similar way to Thais.

"They wai when greeting others - as we do in Thailand. I really enjoyed learning words spoken by Indians, too. Many Thai words and names have a Sanskrit background," Boonlue added.

However, Indian dishes that contain a lot of spices seem to be a major concern among Thai students.

Bolia said some schools cooked Thai food for their Thai students.

Other alumni said Chinese food, which Thais were more familiar with, is also served widely in India.

Boonlue said he also had to deal with the problem of unfamiliar food; at first he could not eat Indian food. He urged newly arriving Thai students to bring some Thai herbs and instant Thai food with them and cook for themselves until they felt more familiar with the Indian food and were able to eat it.

Moreover, Bolia insisted that Thai students were safe in India.

Interested parents and students can get more information directly from representatives of Indian academic institutions at the fifth TGIEF, which will be held under the theme "world class education at an affordable cost" at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok on March 3-4.

The event will showcase over 100 of India's finest schools, colleges and universities, including international schools; boarding schools; co-educational residential schools; school examination boards; medical, dental, engineering and management colleges deemed universities; international universities; distance-learning universities, distance-learning technology institutes; and professional and vocational institutions.

TGIEF attracted over 4,000 visitors last year and is expected to draw over 6,000 visitors this year
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