The Association of African Students in India is writing off India as a study destination. With the attack on Nigerian students, this destination is being marked as an “unsafe” country and students back home are being asked to not fly down to pursue education.
India’s international student composition sees a thick slice of Africans. While candidates from Asia make up the largest share, those from Africa form 19%.
Nigeria stands out prominently amongst the 17 countries of western Africa, as 883 students from there were studying in India in 2014, when the last headcount of international candidates was held.
“Across Indian campuses, we are facing harassment. Not only is it difficult to interact with the host students and faculty, we face issues with accommodation, visa, FRRO office, name calling, the list is too long. We are writing to students back home to not come here to study,” said Samuel Jack, president AASI, who is studying political science at Delhi University. How to live on campus, where are the course application forms available, how does one open a bank account, get a phone connection and some other basic data is also not available easily, complain students.
Of these, 647 boys and 236 girls came from Nigeria, the maximum from Africa, followed by 871 from Ethiopia and most of them are pursuing an undergraduate programme and they largely head to campuses in Uttar Pradesh, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and Delhi.