London, 29 April
According to a new study, Indian students believe the Covid-19 pandemic has ruined their university experience, and most have found an improvement in mental health after returning to campus to study.
The Global Student Survey of 2022, published by Chegg.org, Chegg’s nonprofit educational technology company, on Thursday found that more than three-quarters (77 percent) of Indian students say the pandemic has destroyed their college. or university experience, the highest of the 21 countries surveyed.
About 55 percent of Indian students said they feel their mental health has improved since starting work on campus or returning after restrictions on blocking, the second largest among countries surveyed after Australia (60 percent).
“College students are finally adjusting to life on campus after experiencing the biggest educational hurdles the world has ever known,” said Dan Rosensweig, president and CEO of Chegg.
“At the same time, they face deep social challenges, including widening inequality, increasing automation and climate change. In this new global study, students were asked about their hopes, fears and general state of mind, ”he said.
Nearly three out of 10 (27 percent) Indians say they now regret attending college or university in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is the second largest in any country surveyed after Turkey (29 percent).
Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of Indian students who have a study-related loan say their debt makes them wish they had made a different choice, and about one-third (31 per cent) with a study-related loan say that’s not “I don’t think they’ll ever pay it off, even as the number of Indian students with indebtedness or study-related loans has plummeted – from 27 per cent in 2021 to 22 per cent in 2022.
The findings are based on an in-depth public opinion poll conducted by Yonder, formerly, Populus, among more than 17,000 undergraduate students aged 18-21 in 21 countries around the world, including 1,008 students in India.