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Students from Nigeria

Nigeria officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", due to its large population and economy. With approximately 174 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world.

The country is rich in petroleum and many other natural resources. Nigeria's location in the tropics has given her a tropical hot climate. Nigeria achieved independence in 1960 from British rule, but was dragged into civil war several years later. A democratic government was voted for in February 1999 but nevertheless the country has been alternated between democratically-elected civilian governments and military dictatorships, with its 2011 presidential elections being viewed as the first to be conducted reasonably freely and fairly.

During the military rule, the tertiary institutions were plagued with riots and strikes resulting in a decline in quality of the educational system. Educational institutions are still in the process of recuperating from the neglect of the former governments. The Nigerian education system started slowly but soundly developing during the colonial time until the conclusion of World War II. The Christian missionaries introduced the western education system in Nigeria in the mid-nineteenth century. In 1990, three fundamentally distinct education systems existed in Nigeria - the indigenous system, the Quranic schools, and formal European-style educational institutions. Higher Education in Nigeria originated with the colonial government launching the Yaba Higher College in 1934. According to the 1979 constitution, education in Nigeria became the responsibility of the state and local councils. The first 6 years of primary education were made mandatory, which was a significant factor in the development of education in Nigeria. There has been a noticeable upgrading of educational facilities in Nigeria in recent years.

Nigeria has made considerable progress in the domain of education. The government has majority control of university education. The Federal Government of Nigeria has adopted education as an instrument for national development. In addition to the number of universities, there are 13 Federal and 14 State owned Polytechnic Colleges respectively. These were established to train technical, middle-level manpower. Some of the colleges are beginning to award degrees. English Language is the medium of instruction.

The Nigerian education system which produced world renowned scholars in the past has now become a shadow of itself. The rot in the nation's education system has reached such a deplorable proportion that if not properly addressed now, subsequent generations of Nigerians will continue to suffer its consequences.

Problem which the education sector faces are boy- girl-child drop-out syndrome, non regular payment of the salaries of teachers which results in frequent strikes, inadequate classrooms, hygiene and sanitation. Many children are found in mechanic villages as apprentices to crafts masters in various types of businesses or in other engagements outside the school. One of the most obvious reason is poverty.

The standard of education in Nigeria is one which is of great concern compared to other developing countries. This poor development can be traced to some factors such as the parental ideology, educational background, and approach of today Nigerian student toward their study, manner of lecturers, school conveniences and government response.

For all these reasons Nigerian students looking for higher studies migrate to different parts of the world in a hope of a better future ahead. Nigerian students have been coming to India for higher studies from days far before. One of the most revered places being Bangalore in Karnataka.

Reasons for studying in Bangalore:

Bangalore also known as the garden city is India's third most populous city and Silicon Valley of India. Located on the southern part of India, Bangalore enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year due to high elevation. The city is also very green unlike many other Indian metropolitan cities. Bangalore is one of the fastest growing city in India and world too so a lot of opportunities exists for youngsters, So by studying in Bangalore, students get a better exposure.

The recruitment rate is quite good in this fast emergent city, it provides the students a platform to choose the best of careers. Bangalore is very famous among youngsters, and most sought out destination for higher education in India. The institutions have excellent teaching environments. The faculties are friendly and are ready to reach out to the problems of the students without any delay. Along with rigorous campus studies and projects, a student also finds quantity time for relaxation.

Talking about relaxation, Bangalore is a storehouse of a massive variety of international cuisines, pubs and shopping malls and a reason for the generation of a lot of disposable income by the young people in the city. Bangalore is located close to various tourist hubs such as Mysore, Mangalore, Goa, Ooty and many more. The artistic side of the city is very inspiring as there are historic palaces, old temples and palaces and monuments. Bangalore is a well planned city. Numerous multinationals have their base here. Some of them being IBM, TCS, INFOSYS and WIPRO. This also gives students opportunity to study by co-existing with job environments. And so, institutions are coming up in large numbers using the large level of campus recruitment.

As a booming IT and Financial hub, Bangalore is considered quite expensive city in India. Nevertheless students live in reasonably cheap University hostels and youth hostels. The travel and food are also reasonable. Students from all over the country as well as world come to Bangalore to pursue to long cherished dreams. Studying in Bangalore proves to be a pleasurable experience for students as the student life is very enjoyable due to diversity of culture.

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