For American Universities
Why Tamil Nadu Should Be Your University’s main hub in India
The State of Tamil Nadu in southern India has historically been addressed as “Oxford of the South.” That is a direct result of the state’s preeminent position in education in India. For over a thousand years, scholars from China, Italy, Greece, Egypt and South East Asia came to Tamil Nadu on educational exchanges. In the modern era, Madras University was the first of three universities established by the British in 1857. Tamil Nadu has continuously maintained that leadership position in the field of education in India. The Madras Law College, the agriculture university in Coimbatore, the Veterinary school in Tamil Nadu, the Maritime institute, and centers of leather and textile technologies in Tamil Nadu all enjoy pioneer status in India’s education history. Today, Tamil Nadu produces the most numbers of engineers and doctors. There are over 40 universities in the state with over 400 engineering colleges and over 1100 humanities and sciences colleges. For over 40 years, two of India’s top 10 medical schools in India: Madras Medical College and Vellore Medical; and two of India’s leading engineering schools: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, and the College of Engineering Guindy have been attracting the brightest and best from all parts of India. More recent entrants in Tamil Nadu such as, Vellore Institute of Technology, SRM University, Sri Ramachandra Medical, SSN College of Engineering, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Sastha College of Engineering, AR Rahman Conservatory of Music, Tamil Nadu Film Institute and Asian School of Journalism have transformed, not only Tamil Nadu’s, but also India’s education scenario, by challenging the best of the long-standing institutions. Tamil Nadu also boasts three of the best Architecture schools in the country. Colleges such as Loyola, Madras Christian College, Vivekananda, St. Joseph’s are traditional centers of excellence that produce statistics, humanities, business and accounting leaders. Tamil Nadu also has some of the finest Indian and international, middle and high schools in India. These high schools will be a source of outstanding undergraduate students for your university. Clearly, given the depth, breadth, numbers and quality of education in the state, Tamil Nadu is arguably the #1 state in India for education.
Although quality and numbers of institutions are key factors, they are not the only reasons for Tamil Nadu’s leadership position in education. Parental attitude is an equally important factor. In Tamil Nadu, parents will spend their entire life savings for their children’s education. That is the value that families in this state attribute to quality education. In other states of India, parents would typically invest in businesses for their children, or in property investments or in agriculture and so on. In Tamil Nadu families would spare no expense (even if it meant borrowing beyond their means) to give their children the best international education.
However, Tamil Nadu is also the core of the conservative south (South India). It has long been a champion of state rights and a strong proponent of regional language education. There is a strong sense of Tamil brotherhood that has also permeated the education centers in the state. Consequently, a local representative who speaks Tamil will be a lot more effective in this state than a non-Tamil speaker from another state: especially if the representative is a Hindi speaker from India’s national capital, New Delhi.
Lastly, the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, founded in the late 1700’s, is one of the oldest US consular posts in the world. Today it is one of the State Department’s top posts in handling students and work visas in the world. That the USG considers Chennai an important hub is by itself the strongest justification.
Innervision’s Network of university contacts in India
Moreover, Innervision’s principals have extensive contacts among the education network in South and East India. These contacts were not built in a day but are based on relationships that have been nurtured over a few decades. For example, Innervision’s principals handled exchanges, such as the International Visitor Leadership Program, and thereby interacted with several education leaders from Indian universities. Further, Mr. Rajah promoted American universities in India, which added to his network of influential education contacts in India.
Educated in and understanding of Indian and US education systems
As Americans of Indian Origin, who have been educated in India and in the United States, Innervision’s principals understand both systems of education extremely well, and are in a unique position to explain US education to potential Indian students and their parents. And they can do that in the local language, which is a huge advantage especially when talking with parents. Parents are the key decision makers here and not the students.
Another unique advantage that we can bring to an American university is the technology to generate student leads in the United States. Through an allied partner company that is a web-based marketing specialty company, we can generate student leads from among American students for American universities.
Over the next five years, we believe we can grow your student numbers from South and East India exponentially by several hundred per cent from its current figures. Numbers will be only a part of the story. In three to five years, we will be able to positively add value to also the quality of students who will join your university from South India.
While there could be recruiters who can help you attract a few students from here, we believe we offer the entire gamut of expertise from recruiting students to finally establishing your India campus that can be a jewel in your crown for the next 20 years.