Choices and consequences

Choices And Consequences

Choices and consequences

Vulnerability and higher overseas education. What do these two have in common? Sex trafficking and crime! Yes. You read that right.

Several heartbreaking stories are emerging from Canada, New Zealand among other countries, where young Indian students are lured in murky waters of prostitution and crime. Pimps and criminals are charming these young and vulnerable nubile minds with money to pay for expensive lifestyle in a foreign country. It slowly turning into a habit and compulsion.

Desperation is another reason. When students studying abroad do not find work, or are cheated by locals with promises of a career – only to lose their precious money – are often willing to go to any lengths to make it even. Consequences of indulging in criminal activities is beyond reason then. Lives of so many bright minds with a promising future are at risk.

How can this be avoided? What can students pursuing higher overseas education do to keep such mischievous people at length?

Remember your roots. Your family. Your culture. The pride in your parent’s eyes and the tears they shed bidding you goodbye at the airport. Was it for nothing?

Remind yourself of your aspirations, ambitions – the promise you made to yourself. To take your life and your decisions into your own hands. To be the high-flying executive, to be a global citizen. To be a startup that sets an example. Remember your dreams.

Be honest to yourself. Did you choose to study abroad to experience a lifestyle? Or to make a life?

Surround yourself with positive people. There is plenty to learn and to experience in a foreign land. Visit landmarks, cultural spots, libraries. Write a diary. Get involved in a hobby or develop one.

Most importantly, stay away from murky and criminal characters. You are smart enough to identify them from a mile away. And if you find yourself or a friend getting sucked into some undesirable situation, snap out of it. Immediately. Or talk to cops / local authorities. Don’t be scared.

Remember. Your choices will have consequences.


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Don’t be a prey of the prying eyes

Dont Be A Prey Of The Prying Eyes

Don’t be a prey of the prying eyes

Ambitions of nearly 2,000 Indian students and thousands of other international students were crashed and burnt recently as 3 Canadian colleges announced an abrupt shutdown.

The panic-stricken teenagers were left in lurch. They had migrated to a foreign country and took admission in these colleges with a hope of receiving quality higher education. Each of these students had paid thousands of dollars in tuition fees. Many of them would have taken educational loans.

Financial burdens due to COVID was the colleges’ reason for deciding to shut down. But upon fact checks, it turned out that 2 of these 3 colleges didn’t even have authorization and licenses to admit international students!

If you are planning to study in Canada or pursue higher overseas education in any country of your choice, you must – must do your due diligence in checking these facts to avoid any unfortunate experience:

  1. Checks and double-checks: Verify everything about the college / university of your choice. Visit its website, make a phone call as and when necessary. Confirm facts with the local authorities if you are not convinced. You will spend only a few dollars in making those calls. Read blogs and reviews about the college. You have Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. More importantly, do not share your personal information to any unverified person / institution offering student visa on making a payment.
  2. Don’t be over-reliant on your education counsellor: Is your counsellor over-eager to send you to a particular college / university or a certain overseas destination? That’s a tell-tale sign of hidden agendas. Check his / her credentials. A counsellor’s job is to understand your academics, orientations, innate abilities and then give you overseas education options to choose from.
  3. Documentation checks: Once you have made the final decision, check and double-check about documents you need to carry. Keep them safe. Keep copies of each. Take pictures of them as well. Ensure that you have more than two places to source the copies from, in case you lose the originals.

These simple steps would go a long way in avoiding unpleasant experiences.

Be careful. Be certain. And bring the best out of your potential. Good luck for your higher overseas education aspiration.


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A young student inspires millennial Dumbledore. No – it wasn’t Harry Potter.

A Young Student Inspires Millennial Dumbledore No It Wasnt Harry Potter

A young student inspires millennial Dumbledore. No - it wasn’t Harry Potter.

One may have ample of criticism for the Gen Z, but their desire to excel in life is beyond reproach. This is a widely reported story of the young mechanical engineer Shantanu Naidu, whose love for dogs and passion for higher overseas education brought him face to face with Mr. Ratan Tata. He now occupies the prestigious deputy general manager’s seat in the office of unarguably most famous Indian Parsee.

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Shantanu Naidu graduated from Pune University in 2014. Armed with a degree in mechanical engineering, he started working at the Tata group as a design engineer. One evening, when he was returning home from work, he saw the dead body of a dog lying in the middle of the road.

“I knew that I had to do something. So I called a few friends and designed a collar which had reflectors on it, so that drivers can see the dog from afar. The next day, we went around and put these collars on the stray dogs,” Shantanu Naidu told Humans of Bombay.

“I didn’t know if it would work, but when I woke up the next day, I received a message saying that a dog had been saved because of the collar. It felt amazing!”

Naidu’s initiative got attention after it featured in the Tata group of companies’ newsletter. Soon, demand rose for the dog collars, but he was short of funds. This was when his father gave a suggestion that would change his life. “My dad asked me to write a letter to Mr. Ratan Tata, since he loves dogs too. I was hesitant at first, but then I said to myself, ‘Why not?’ So I wrote him a handwritten letter and forgot all about it,” Naidu said.

Two months later, Naidu received a signed letter from the iconic industrialist, in which he said he wanted to meet the young employee. Naidu met Tata at his office in Mumbai. Tata introduced him to his dogs and said he would fund his dog collar venture.

Soon, Naidu left India for his MBA at Cornell University. “But I promised him that once I finished, I would dedicate my life working for the Tata Trust… and he happily accepted my request,” he told Humans of Bombay.

After he returned to India, he said Tata gave him a call, saying, “I have a lot of work to be done in my office. Would you like to be my assistant?”

“I didn’t know how to react. So I took a deep breath, and a few seconds later said ‘Yes!” Naidu said.

Naidu has been working as the deputy general manager at Ratan Tata’s office for over three years, since July 2018.

“People my age have a hard time finding the right set of friends, the right mentor and the right kind of boss. But I can’t believe my lucky stars that I found all of these humans in one superhuman named Mr. Ratan Tata. People affectionately call him Boss, but I like to call him the ‘Millennial Dumbledore’-I think that name suits him the best.”

Last month, Tata was seen in a viral video with Shantanu Naidu, as he celebrated his 84th birthday. Naidu clapped and sang a birthday song for his boss, patted him on the shoulder and fed him cake.

There are several young boys and girls whose tryst with destiny goes unreported. Shantanu’s case can be considered as unique. He chose to study in U.S.A. One thing led to the other. Situations led him back to India.

Hundreds upon thousands of students who choose overseas education often attract plush jobs, making it to the list of the successful global citizens a.k.a. “Firangi Indians”. Their inspiring stories are no less and cannot be discounted.

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Lessons. They’d be scoring the highest return on investment if a tangible value could be assigned to them. From the aspect of emotional well-being and developing confidence, the learnings earned during pandemic, and of pandemic, are of course invaluable. Especially for the ones seeking higher overseas education.

Once the initial hoopla about the virus settled and its aftermath was accepted, scores of students realized that they could use this time to their advantage. And they did.

Undergraduates and graduates in pursuit of higher overseas education and Masters / PHD respectively, donned their forward-thinking hats. The degree, curriculum, university, cost of living, the experience of a foreign land, its culture, people… they had their hands full, they figured most of it. All of it during the depressing pandemic. Pandemic? What pandemic?

Let us pick their brains. And see what are the top-3 things – or actions – students aspiring overseas education should cover while deciding on best overseas education options.

1. Passion and potential

Is it engineering or architecture? IT or infrastructure? Medical science and space science? Rewind your young life, relive the moments that inspired you, made you feel passionate. And gave the self-belief that this is what I want to do. Be practical as well. What drives you better, which subjects did you score higher?

Once you’ve got the basics in place, there is little or no chance to go wrong fundamentally.

2. Test your self

Okay. So you know you are a born rocket scientist. Or a Fintech coder. Perhaps a hotshot engineer. You have also covered this belief with your past and recent marks in respective subjects. Now test yourself. And be absolutely honest while you do so. Cheating here would be tantamount to cheating with your future.

How to test yourself? Go through the syllabus of some of the global top-3 / top-5 universities. Watch their videos. Go to YouTube. Take free online tests. See where you stand. And keep pushing ahead from there.

3. Share it with your folks

Admit it. You cannot take the flight on your own. You need the moral, emotional and financial support from your folks. Share what you figured out. Tell them how confident you are to, let’s say, study in Canada, France, U.K., Germany… or a country where your higher overseas education ambitions could be fulfilled.

The most common mistake many students make is to talk to their parents without a plan. Explain them in detail – right from the options of universities to the visa processes. And everything in between.

Make most of these lockdowns and this stuck-at-home time. Take positive actions. You’d be surprised how soon you can begin your pursuits of successful career via higher overseas education.

Rising to the potential

Rising To The Potential

Rising to the potential

Give the person a fish and you feed the hunger for a day. Teach that person how to fish and you satiate the appetite for a lifetime.

This age old wisdom, albeit slightly tweaked, demonstrates the importance and positive effects of education. Of course, we are in the post-millennial age, and we are talking about the quality of education. Specifically – quality of academic education.

Thanks to the industrial and research revolutions, and then to effects of post-modernism, the excellence of education has enhanced significantly worldwide. Sparing the under-developed countries, most nations now have institutes of excellence leading and inspiring their most valuable national asset – the youth – to newer skies.

Let’s give due credits to the millennials and Gen-Z though. It’s not just the highest quality of education or faculties that is pushing the envelope of quality education. The quality of aspirations of these young guns is probably as much a driving factor. Their orientations go above and beyond the greed of making heap loads of money. They want to make a ‘difference’ – not as activists, but as pioneers!

There are plenty of examples to this effect: Sundar Pichai. Some of Google’s controversial policies notwithstanding, a 40-something faces the Congress of most powerful nation with a straight face. Matthew Mullenweg of WordPress – to say that websites are now created by moms and pops due to this guy’s foresight would be an understatement. Advait Thakur – a barely 18-year young, young turk leading a successful IT empire in India. Then there are the likes of Sunita Williams and Kalpana Chawala- a totally different breed of ‘I-will-achieve-to-what-I-set-my-eyes-on’.

(Okay – we left Mark Zuckerberg, Satya Nadella et al deliberately).

Then there are those accomplished, well-settled NRI desis – many from technical backgrounds – returning to their homeland, to their native places specifically, to change the life-quality of their villages and towns.

There is a common underlying factor in all these examples, and the ones we cannot accommodate here. Education. It has unlocked the doors – to the burning desire to ‘be’. The fire was already there, quality education has stoked it. Engineers, astronauts, business tycoons, techies, writers… these are not titles any more. But the outcome of people learning how to fish!

Why Study in Canada?

Why Study In Canada

Why Study in Canada?

Canada is probably one of the few countries where, in many provinces, the presence of ‘global citizens’ is more than the locals. Most of these towns and cities are host to world-class universities and international students. But what is it really that attracts thousands of students to Canada every year?

Student safety is one of the key reasons for Canada to be one of the most preferred overseas education destination. Irrespective of race, ethnicity or color, Canadian society welcomes students and immigrants alike with open hearts. They are very tolerant of different orientations and perspectives.

The Canadian universities, ranked in top-5 / top-10 global lists, add even more value to the culture and ethos by transforming the young and potential minds to matured, polished, inventive and forward-thinking individuals. So many students graduate with flying colors every year in healthcare, IT, research, engineering and infrastructure segments.

Compared to other countries, Canada’s permanent residency (PR) system is more robust and open for deserving international graduate-students. It is one of the important reasons that many students choose Canada for higher overseas education. Of course, the other deciding factor is the ‘feel’ of Canada.

Perfect combination of wilderness and ultramodern, the Canadian landscape is as astonishing and beautiful as it can be. Add to it a dash of colorful and social people with variety of views and outlooks, along with inspiring architecture and activities to indulge in, Canada becomes the inevitable choice for students aspiring overseas education.

Why Study in the U.S.A.?

Why Study In Usa

Why Study in the U.S.A?

American dream! One of the most desired lifestyle. Students aspiring for higher overseas education will discover that living this life is well within their reach. After all, America is a land of opportunities!

Studying in the U.S.A. and excelling in education there is one sure way for young students to lay a strong foundation for success in career and life. Creative, competitive and cutting-edge, education system in the U.S.A. is considered to be the best with many universities featuring in global top-3 / top-5 lists. The top rankings are a direct result of the infrastructure and world-class faculties at these universities.

What really is in it for the students though, over and above quality education setup? Pride-tag of studying in the U.S.A. notwithstanding, students can expect a flood of diverse orientations, aspirations and knowledge seldom experienced in any other destination. Universities in the U.S.A. are not just home to overseas students, but also some of the brightest minds from different American states.

Official numbers will show that sharp and bright minds are usually absorbed in the professional / corporate system as many American companies often make irresistible offers to the deserving overseas students. Some companies even offer grants to exceptional students to continue their research and indulge in patenting products and techniques.

Such diligence in empowering students with quality education and extending a supportive corporate culture has enabled U.S.A. retain the pride position of a superpower. It is no surprise that more and more overseas students visit this land of opportunities for higher education.

Why Study in the U.K.?

Why Study In Uk

Why Study in the U.K.

Smaller than most Indian States in land mass, the United Kingdom (U.K.) – made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – is a birthplace of many innovations, world-class schools and scholars.

The English have laid a great emphasis on their education system from the very beginning. Some of the oldest universities in the Western Hemisphere are from the U.K. – Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews to name a few. As a result, today, the U.K. universities are ranked top 10 among global institutes offering world-class education across specialties. It is no wonder therefore that many modern greats have come from these top-class institutions.

Education system in the U.K. is fairly simple. It is covered under the region-wise territorial jurisdictions, and each region maintains its own credit frameworks and qualifications. This approach ensures that overseas students receive the quality education they deserve.

Students receive more than just quality education in the U.K. The exposure to multi-cultural perspectives, experiences of European systems & standards and opportunities to rub shoulders with the world’s best faculties sets the young students to a path of a successful life and career.

It is often said that a person can never know one language well enough until he / she has learnt two languages. Study in U.K. transcends just the specialty / degree. Rather, students invariably learn to respect different viewpoints, understand the importance of diversity and in turn transform into the best version of themselves.

Why Study in Germany?

Why Study In Germany

Why Study in Germany?

Germany has won the football world cup 4 times. Another number which may interest you even more is 3. Yes. Germany is the third most attractive overseas education destination in the world and more than two million students have enrolled in German universities.

Traditionally, Germans are known to be perfectionists. Their endeavors in engineering earned them this title. But times have changed. And for the better. They remain the idols of excellence, but not only in engineering but also in applied sciences, natural sciences, healthcare, IT among other specialties.

The same perfection and excellence can also be found in the globally-recognized German universities which offer students over 1500 bachelors and masters programs to choose from.

One of the biggest misconception amongst student community about Germany is the language. Many fear that it would be a barrier – while studying and living in Germany. It is as far from the truth as Earth is from the nearest habitable planet.

Obviously, getting introduced to any new language is slightly challenging at first. But it is easy to pick up soon thereafter. In fact, the language would grow on you – the pronunciations, the style and mannerism of speaking German.

Germany has a rich history. Exploring the German landscape is a visual delight for international students in Germany. The 7th largest European country (another number trivia for you) is a blend of modern and traditional. Museums, art galleries, modern automobile factories (some of the best in the world), old relics… there is plenty for students to explore, learn and draw inspiration from.

Advantage Germany!

Why Study in Ireland?

Why Study In Ireland

Why Study in Ireland?

What makes Ireland one of the globally preferred destinations and one of the top choices of Indian students pursuing higher overseas education? Well, there are several factors. For one, Ireland is lot like India. The population is young – about 40% of Irish are below 25 years of age; more or less like the average age group of Indians.

Then there is the cultural aspect. Yes. There is a vast difference between Indian and Irish culture. But the important common denominator is that both countries’ cultures are imbibed into the lives and lifestyle of its people.

Of course, then there is the impeccable Irish education framework that has set itself apart from other European countries in past decade or so. The quality of education at Irish universities now rivals many globally recognized European universities. The insightful investment and development made by the Irish in their education sector over the years has made it a European hub of pharma, tech and IT behemoths such as Pfizer, LinkedIn, Twitter, among several others.

Its like a domino effect. One thing leads to the other. Presence of these MNCs has created demand for highly skilled workforce – one of the most sought-after assets. Which means that the deserving students are likely to find more lucrative employment opportunities in Ireland.

Ireland prides itself as a nation of highest standards in quality of education and technological advances. But the Irish are seldom about ‘all work and no play’. They are bubbly and exuberant people, ever ready for a chuckle or two. Keen to indulge in almost anything under the sun, people soon discover there is not one dull moment around an Irish.

This all-round feature of Ireland is probably the reason why more and more students from over 120 countries, including India, are choosing it as their destination for higher overseas education.