On February 3rd and 4th, the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center will host the 11th edition of The Great India Education Fair. The fair is a prominent fixture on Thailand’s education calendar, and this year, the two-day event sees a significant rise in the number of exhibitors, with nearly 70 confirmed premier institutions, comprising of high-ranking boarding schools, universities, colleges and English learning centres from India.
Every year, TGIEF attracts thousands of Thai parents, as well as Thai-Indians and non-resident Indians in Thailand. These people view Indian education as a significant stepping stone, one that will help their children obtain high-paying jobs in the developed world.
“Our exhibition is the perfect platform for parents and students in Thailand to connect with the authorities of the Indian educational institutions on a face-to-basis, “says Mr. Sanjeev Bolia, Founder and Managing Director of Afairs Exhibition & Media Pvt. Ltd, the event’s organisers. It is his belief that this exhibition is a platform of opportunity and a positive way of generating awareness about the merits of Indian education.
“The number of Thai students coming to India on student visas to study at international boarding schools, Indian colleges and universities is on the rise,” Sanjeev continues. “It is obvious that parents in Thailand are keen to give their children the best education they can. They send their children to India because they understand that apart from English language proficiency, the cost- benefit advantage an Indian education offers is greater than what a similar education in the United Kingdom, the United States, or even at home in Thailand, can give them.”
This year’s fair will exhibit some of the high-ranking and well-known residential schools in India, offering the Indian ‘ICSE’ and ‘CBSE’ board curriculums, as well as international curriculums like the ‘IB – International Baccalaureate’ and the ‘IGCSE.’ These institutions promise to provide excellent infrastructural facilities, teaching staff and outdoor activities.
The institutions in attendance at this year’s TGIEF will be offering a diverse range of Under Graduate/Post Graduate programmes, including medical, paramedical, dentistry, management, IT engineering, animation and more.
“A large number of people all over the world believe that if education is power, then Indian education empowers,” Sanjeev says in conclusion. “Indian education has become not just acceptable and respectable, but also valuable!”