Bijjala Karthik – 195 Overseas – Education Consultant
195 Overseas is a well-known educational consultancy services company in Hyderabad that strives to extend
a helping hand to students wanting to study abroad.
Mr. Bijjala Karthik is an MBA graduate from Osmania University and is the Head-Operations for the firm.
195 Overseas was started in 2010 and has been on board from 2011.
Mr. Karthik lists the services provided by the company to students who look for admission abroad:
· Preparation of SOP and resume
· Admission process
· Visa process
· Conducting mock interviews and seminars
· Spot assessments, education fairs
· Helping students get education loans from CREDILA and Avanse from DHFL.
Mr. Karthik says that the company receives about 1000 applications every year and of them about 65% get admission abroad. The students prefer to go for Masters Courses in foreign universities.
Prerequisites for any student
The prerequisites for any student looking to study abroad include his financial aspect, knowledge about the course, fee structure, marks percentage and his university requirements. The company then looks at suitable admission for the students.
Mr. Karthik says that he cannot exactly point out the fee for courses in USA as it depends on the university selected by the student and the location he wants to go. The company conducts personal interviews to check the language skills, career skills, and course skills and based on that students are advised. As per the market, US student market is booming. 195 OverSeas does not work for admission to local universities as there is no association with them. There are other companies who take care of admission to local universities and 195 OverSeas assist them.
About the fee structure in universities abroad, Mr. Karthik says that for UG one has to be abroad for 5 years. It could be from Rs. 8 lakhs to maximum of Rs. 20 lakhs. “It depends on the university and the place you are going. There are universities you can complete UG within Rs. 20 lakhs” For PG the course fee starts from Rs. 7 lakhs but it does not include accommodation or fee.
Why do students prefer foreign universities?
Mr. Karthik says that the student has to work hard and the company will train to study and focus on education. He says Indian universities cannot be compared as it is different. Higher value is placed on Indian education and students go to foreign universities as in India “we don’t have practical knowledge and only theoretical knowledge.” Also in order to cover the expenses, students will do part time job. In USA it is easy to make money which is not possible in India. The students “need to complete the courses in time without any backlogs and they can see better future.”
When asked about placements, Mr. Karthik says that the student completes the course and goes to a consultant for job. 195 OverSeas takes care of the visa and advises the student to focus on studies. If they study in a high ranked universities, their take home salary will be more.
About helping students with scholarships, Mr. Karthik says “we will help, not everybody, it depends on the percentage. For those who get 90% and more, we will help them to get. We suggest those universities that will give scholarship.” The company also helps in following migration rules.
The company charges Rs. 5000 for the entire process to go to the USA. The students have to bear courier charges and university application charges. The charges are more if the student applies for high end universities as the specialists will charge more to write SOP. From the other universities the company gets service charges which is not much. The company conducts classes for IELTS and TOFL and charges for this are different.
Mr. Karthik says the company “has checklists to be provided to students which include university criteria, requirements, and fee structure and application deadlines for each university.” The class 12 student has to start the application process in April. There are 20 counsellors in the company.
Talking about the challenges, Mr. Karthik says that they have to act as per the market reaction. Students ask them to apply to a specific university and even if it is not ranked well, they don’t compromise. So “we take an undertaking from them that if anything happens in future, we are not responsible.” Competition is also very high and a few consultants want to make money and spoil the students’ action plan. So the company has to play strategic games.
Mr. Karthik says that students have become very alert nowadays and they want their profile to be understood first and then send the application to universities. He is confident that the previous set of students will refer them to others because of the service given to them. Schools do not help unless the company has exclusive universities and request the application be routed through the company.
To conclude, Mr. Karthik says “I am not saying we are the best consultants, we are good consultants.” The good service to students, not encouraging fake documents, genuine process, equal treatment of students in taking them to right college and course help them. “We want to see student settle down with a good position once he is done with his masters or UG.” Branches spread pan India and phone service 24*7 are added advantages.
For more information, please refer to: http://www.195overseas.com/
195 OverSeas Pvt. Ltd.
M23,23A,24, Hemkunt Chambers,
89 Nehru Place, New Delhi -110019,
Ph No: 8822 195 195, 9000800195(Karthik)