Do NRI students experience any culture shock while joining IITs & NITs?
While shifting from your old house is no less than an exhausting task, shifting from another country can be counted as a change in the entire state of life. The possibility of disorientation being caused to one’s personality and lifestyle is one thing NRI students ought not to ignore before clinching their decision of taking admission in IITs, NITs & other prestegious Institutes of India. The impact of bidding a farewell to a familiar domain is quite apparent from the difficulties encountered by the students.
These cultural shocks are an imperative part of the institutes like IITs and NITs because of a complete switch of culture and people.
Change in Climate: One of the reasons why the cultural shock is noticeable in these institutes is because of a change in climate that the NRI students have to persevere through. Especially those shifting from cold countries have a tough time making their peace with the extreme whether they might have to face in India. This not only causes discomfort but also may be responsible for various health issues these students come across.
Cultural Disorientation: The communal conception of the people of India might be found as peculiar by the NRI students studying in IITs and NITs. This might cause unease and confusion about his/ her own behaviour as well. Various things practised naturally in the institute, as well as the society surrounding the institute, might come across as offensive for the students; thus, giving rise to cultural disorientation.
Peer Pressure: Challenging levels of study accompanied by peer pressure is another facet of the cultural shock awaiting the NRI students taking admission in IITs and NITs. Indian students are known for being extremely studious, and this can pose pressure on those coming from an unlike the culture of studying. The competitiveness can also make the process of gelling up a bit strenuous. Native over-ambitious students may become a reason for the NRI to face difficulty in making peace with the new environment. Also because Engineering Institutes in India are known to possess students having cleared one of the most gruelling examinations of the country, the students are bound to have a high level of emphasis on studies which indirectly causes them to be separated from their society.
Language/ Acent & Slangs: With some of the Indians being less fluent in English & having a strong acent, international students face a bit of problems especially while communicating with some teachers. Offshore students may also find it a bit difficult to understand the local slangs. Although Indians speak english good enough but still because not all Foreign/ NRIs students have had English as their first language, making an understanding of the lectures and reading materials may even be a hard process.
Ethical dissimilarities: Students at IITs and NITs come from different parts of India but still hold some intrinsic values which are uniform and are based on a belief system that runs persistent throughout the country. These may be assumed to be universally same by the students but may end up bothering them throughout if they keep on focussing on the contrast of these opinions and forming judgements. Thus, acceptance of the differences and an effort to respect diverse views can come in handy when lengthy courses are to be pursued by the students at IITs, NITs & other prestegious Engineering Institutes of India..
Because quality education & career in engineering is on boom in India, students in India & abroad compete rigourously for JEE & other engineering entrances to take UG Courses in IITs & NITs. Despite experiencing these changes & cultural shocks, it is all worthy coming to India to pursue higher education in India.