The Novel Coronavirus has become a global agonizing issue and has restricted the life plans and future goals of many individuals, atleast for a certain phase, of the toughest times. The immobility of the Earth due to the pandemic has attained a terrific disruption specifically in the life of those students who were aspiring to go abroad either to pursue some degree or to learn some course. But with the passage of time and by slowly and steadily getting habituated by the new normal, perhaps man has shown that pandemic cannot totally restraint them from reaching their desired goals.
Foreign education and foreign scholarships are the most craving ambitions that many of the Nagpur students keep accommodating in their wish list. This year due to Covid, even though the program availability of various foreign universities has delayed, but the dreams of the students of Nagpur to visit abroad have not fully vanished.
“Right after finishing my bachelor’s degree in English this year in May, I have immediately contacted an overseas consultancy firm to take coachings on IELTS so that I can apply for a master’s in some good and recognized university in UK,” said Ranjita Kale, a graduate student.
“Covid safety is a major issue but I am trying my best to avail for September 2021 program, so for that, I have enough time to prepare myself and by that time, I might get the vaccine as well. Thus I am not worried about Covid and for achieving something better, one has to take the risk in everything,” she added.
But even though the student Ranjita sounds bold and confident in relation to chasing her dreams, the situation is not very same when it comes to judge the views of the parents, who are about to send their sons/daughters to abroad.
Such a condition was confronted while talking to Mrinal Bannerjee, whose son Arit Banerjee has just completed M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and he is aiming to seek a Ph.D. in the same subject from Canada, although Arit is carefree in his approach for abroad plans, Mrinal is jittery and not really slackening over her son’s decision because of the prevalent pandemic around the world.
But while achieving international education, amid the times of Corona, is creating a dilemma between the students and perhaps their guardians, the state of affairs in the foreign education consultancy firms of the city, is fairly promising and quite optimistic.
“It doesn’t seem that Covid has actually altered student’s mind from attempting for abroad studies because earlier in 2019 we had sent just 30 students to Italy, but in 2021 we are planning to send around 100 students. The students are happily registering for the online classes and taking ample interest for the same,” said Pradip Meshram, co-owner of Edureach Overseas Education, a foreign education consultancy firm in Nagpur.
Another person from the authority department of Krishna consultants, Nagpur said, “No doubt due to the economic decline and pandemic, there is a 30-40% fall in the number of registration of students as compared to the previous years. A skeptical response from the side of students is somehow identified but still, the number of enrollment for online classes is much better than expected. Students are keeping a positive approach and are keen for pursuing the abroad courses. ”