Student Life in India:
· Student life:
Student life in India can be pretty daunting, yet it can be an exciting journey which is full of enriching learning opportunities. New course start any time between June to September, and each institute has its own admission closure time, hence its best advised to check up with particular institute before enrolling into a curse and charting for final travel plans to India. Most of the higher education programs are full day courses that cover five to six days a week- hence, working part time while studying may not always be possible during the course period. But there still semester breaks, and annual vacation period falling around summer months that can be utilized to do an internship for take up a small job, as there is no particular law restricting foreign students to take up part time jobs.
Emails, and video calls may seem like the best mode of free communication, but it is always advisable to purchase a local India sim-card to stay in constant touch with friends and family back home, and also to communicate effectively with acquaintances’ and friends you make in India. It is also the best mode of communication for the institute to get in touch. Further, share your local number with concerned institute and authority for your safe keeping as well.
· Weather & Climate:
India is home to an extraordinary variety of climatic regions, ranging from tropical in the south to temperate and alpine in the Himalayan north, where elevated regions receive sustained winter snowfall. The nation's climate is strongly influenced by the Himalayas and the Thar Desert. The India Meteorological Department
(IMD) designates four climatologically seasons: Winter, occurring from December to March with December and January being the coldest. Summer or pre-monsoon season, lasting from April to June- with May being the hottest, where temperatures soar up to 40-45°C in some parts. Next up is the Monsoon or rainy season, lasting from July to September; followed in by the Post-monsoon or autumn season, lasting from October to November.
Spread across 3.287 million km², area wise India is the 7th largest country in the world and second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people. It borders with China on the north-east, Pakistan on the west, Nepal and Bhutan on the north, and Burma and Bangladesh on the east. With a 7,516.6 km long coastline India's maritime borders consist of the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. India has varied topography, with mountains, beaches, rivers, plains, islands and plateaus galore.
India is a well networked and connected nation. Travelling across, states and cities is convenient with its highly extensive rail and road network. Also, majority of the cities are also connected well via airways. Locally, most of the Metro cities have an extensive network of public transport comprising of Metro system, local trains, buses and private mode of transport like taxis and rickshaw are also available at affordable rate.
India is a multi-cultural and multi-linguistic country with over twenty functional languages and dialects. The Hindi and English are languages known to most people. Even though India is divided into a complex cast system Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism and Buddhism are the major practicing religions. People in India are communal in nature and tolerant towards other regions and beliefs. Though certain sects can be conservative about their beliefs, customs and festivals it is best advised to respect all religious sentiments and enjoy the unity in diversity while in India and stay away from any controversial situation.
· People & Lifestyle:
Indians are generally friendly and welcoming towards guests and visitors of foreign origin with hospitality being one of its core values. India has relatively low crime rate given its size and population density. Still, it is conservative in its approach as compared to western countries. So, its best suited to dress conservatively, and be direct in discussing any inconvenience that you ever face. Moreover, students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
ü Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
ü Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
ü Not making valuables obvious
ü Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
ü Being wary of strangers