US Diplomat: US Should Recruit Indian Students For STEM Fields

US Diplomat: US Should Recruit Indian Students For STEM Fields

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell has urged the US to reevaluate its approach to enticing foreign students, with a focus on giving Chinese students in the humanities and Indian students in the sciences and technological disciplines priority.

Siksha MUpdated: Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 05:25 PM IST
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Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell has urged the US to reevaluate its approach to enticing foreign students, with a focus on giving Chinese students in the humanities and Indian students in the sciences and technological disciplines priority. This order highlights changing priorities in the face of geopolitical tensions and national security concerns. It was given during a discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Impact of restrictions on Chinese students in the US

According to Reuters reports, Campbell said that there is a shortfall of American students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sectors, underscoring the need for the country to increase its numbers in these subjects. Although Chinese students have historically made up a sizable share of International students studying in the United States, he said that current security concerns have led to limitations on their access to critical technology. Campbell told the Council on Foreign Relations think-tank, "I would like to see more Chinese students coming to the United States to study humanities and social sciences, not particle physics." 

The discussion takes place against the background of the Trump administration's China Initiative, which was criticised for allegedly targeting Asian Americans for special attention while attempting to combat espionage and intellectual property theft, as reported by Reuters. Campbell acknowledged that maintaining national interests while regulating educational exchanges needed a delicate balance.

Indian student enrollment in American Universities

Although Campbell supported broadening the demographics of overseas students, he highlighted India's significance as a developing security ally of the United States and a possible supply of STEM talent. He expressed optimism that more Indian students will enrol at American colleges, especially in technology-related sectors that are essential to innovation and national security.

"I believe that the largest increase that we need to see going forward would be much larger numbers of Indian students that come to study in American universities on a range of technology and other fields." According to Campbell, there was a need for caution on the part of the United States not to break off relations with China, but Beijing authorities were mostly to blame for any decline in economic, non-profit, or academic relationships.

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