In the past five years, the Sino-India Education and Technology Alliance (Sieta) has worked to place Chinese students into universities in south India, with a special focus on Tamil Nadu’s Vellore Institute of Technology, which admitted at least 360 Chinese students this year alone.
Seven out of every 10 Chinese students in India come on Chinese government and university scholarships, and most popular areas of study are computer science, e-commerce, finance and English, reports said.
VIT has gained a good reputation for its facilities and welcoming attitude, allowing it to quickly become a hub for Chinese students, Sieta chairman Sathya Moorthy says.
Sieta believes 2,500 Chinese are studying in India. However, this is a fraction of the 9,000 Indian students who are studying medicine or engineering in China.