The number of foreign students who have come to India in 2012 was 76,753 which rose to 93,693 in 2013, according to records of the Ministry of Home Affairs. “More number of foreign students came to India this year with the highest draw from Malaysia followed by Afghanistan and Bangladesh,” India’s Human Resources Department Minister Smriti Irani has said. Irani, while replying to a written question in Lok Sabha, also said, there is no definite trend about the number of foreign students coming to the country.
Dipping by almost half, a total of 44,620 foreign students came to India last year. The figures, however, rose to 66,885 in 2015. Maximum of 6,471 students came to India from Malaysia followed by 5,605 from Afghanistan and 5,431 from Bangladesh, respectively. Other countries from which over 2,000 students came to India last year included Sudan, Yemen, Thailand, Sri Lanka Iran, Iraq, Nigeria and Korea.