THE difficulties experienced by some Indian students, who are in the United Kingdom under Government sponsored schemes of technical training, are recounted in a letter to the “Hindu” by one of the scholars writing from Croydon, Surrey, says an A.P.I. message from Madras.

The scholar complains that there has been no proper planning on the part of the Government of India, and students have, therefore, been unable to obtain the subjects which they have chosen for their studies. In some cases, the Indian student has been said to be better qualified than the professor under whom he has been put to receive training.

He says: “There is no seat in any institution, and if there is a seat, there is no proper tuition. The India House has been putting more stress on research and other academic work than on practical training in laboratories and factories and workshops.”

The batch of 92 students … reached that country when the academic year had already started. They have to put in three terms before they appear for an examination. Unless the Government made special arrangements with the universities to hold examinations it will be a colossal waste of time and money.

Published in Dawn, January 21st, 2021

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