Indians form the third largest group of international students at Yale University. There are about 165 Indians — not counting Indian-Americans — enrolled right now and together, Indian citizens in Yale claim about 3.6 million dollars of financial assistance every year. But it’s not entirely one-sided.
The “Yale community” — alumni, parents of current students, general interested parties — from India can be relied upon for support as well. “They channel great students our way. They help when Yale students come to India with placements or internships or research. Some in that community also help the university philanthropically,” says Yale University president, the social psycologist Peter Salovey. He was in the country to interact with this community and also to sign an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the private Ashoka University for collaboration. This is the one of only two formal collaborations between an Indian institution and Yale; the other is with Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, which is part of the Yale-managed Global Network for Advancement Management.