Telangana Today Symposium: There is still hope, say experts

By Author  |  Published: 21st Feb 2017  1:24 amUpdated: 21st Feb 2017  3:21 pm

Telangana Today’s symposium on Higher Education – Dilemmas and Challenges in the US at CMR College, Hyderabad.

Ever since US President Donald Trump took over and announced a few reforms, there were apprehensions galore among students and parents over the prospects of pursuing higher education and making a career in the US.

Clearing all anxieties, experts at Telangana Today’s symposium on ‘Higher Education in the US: Dilemmas and Challenges’ here on Monday said there was still hope, and asked students to do their homework properly before finalizing on the universities. The event was organised in association with State Bank of Hyderabad, Janapriya, CMR Group of Institutions and Promac Institute.

Promac Institute Director G. Narsi Reddy

Addressing an impressive gathering of students and parents at the CMR Technical Campus in Medchal here, Promac Institute Director G. Narsi Reddy asked students not to go by false reports in the media.

Since the last two months, especially after Trump took over, parents and students here are a worried lot. But a majority of these fears are baseless. The US Government has not issued any executive orders pertaining to student visas. Except for orders banning the entry of residents from seven Muslim countries, the Trump government has not announced any curtailment of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for students, he said.


Note of caution
“The Trump government wanted better monitoring of foreign students studying in the US. A bill is only proposed and yet to be cleared. Even if it is passed, Indian students will benefit a lot,” said Reddy, but, however, asked students to do proper homework before finalizing on a university.

Deportation of students is not a new phenomenon. In the past, there have been several instances when many were sent back as they all applied to unrecognized universities or schools and presented fake documents, he added.

Education USA Advisor P. Sraavani said currently 1.65 lakh Indian students were pursuing different masters courses in the US. She asked students to commence their preparations to study in US universities at least a year in advance.

Asking students to follow the five- step process, she said one should research on the courses and universities, plan finances, complete the application process, apply for student visa and then prepare for departure.

‘Dream big’
CMR Group of Institutions Chairman and Malkajgiri MP C. Malla Reddy urged students to dream big and update their skills regularly. The entire world, especially the corporate sector, is looking for young talent and India is blessed with young talent, he added and complimented the organisers for coming up with the event.

Frequently asked questions: 

Q: What is the process to get assistant-ship in a US University?
There are many options of work when students are on a student or F1 visa. Students are allowed to work for 20 hours a week on campus and work must be facilitated by the university.

Do not flout the rules and get into trouble. Assistantship will also be counted as 20 hours a week and one cannot have another part-time job along with assistantship. Assistantship jobs are subject to availability. Some universities give assistantship or fellowships beforehand by advertising on the university website. If you have required qualifications, you can apply for it.

Some universities will give assistantships only when students are on the campus and have a good rapport with professors.

Q: There are apprehensions that Muslim students are denied student visas. How can we get a visa?
Nobody can guarantee you a visa. Discrimination is against the law. Visa officers look into whether you are a bonafide student or not. You should know which university you are going to and why you chose it.

One has to follow three steps — good research, financing education and completing application. If you are thorough with these, your chances of getting a visa are good. Moreover students should give specific answers and not be vague.

Q: What is the minimum fee to complete MS?
The fee varies from $13,000 to $60,000 per annum. Private colleges charge high fee for MS. The fee for MBA is higher compared to MS. State or public colleges get grants from the government and even private colleges such as MIT, Princeton and Harvard get funds from private sources. One should go to the college 15 days before commencement, meet the professors, impress them and get scholarships.

Q: Is there is a possibility of working in another country with a US Master’s degree?
One can work in another country by getting a degree from a US University. This is a good practice. And during the visa interview, if you tell the visa officer that you want to work in ‘x’ country after completing your degree, this may impress the officer.