The number of Indian students in American universities and colleges is nearing two lakh as latest official data released on Friday said that they now number over 194,000, a jump of more than 31% in one year.

“The number of F&M students from India studying in the US grew from 148,360 in March 2015 to 194,438 in March 2016, an increase of 31.1 per cent,” according to the latest ‘SEVIS by the Numbers’, a quarterly report on foreign student trends prepared by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

Based on data extracted from SEVIS March 7, international student enrollment at US schools increased 6.2% compared to March 2015.

In March, there were 8,687 US schools with SEVP certification to enroll international students, a 3% decrease from the previous year, ICE said in a release.

According to the report, 82% of F & M students from India pursue degrees in a STEM field.

“More STEM students are from India than any other country,” it said.

Source: Times of India