Decline in Indian Students Visiting UK – ‘Tough’ UK Visa Rules Blamed

Following the introduction of the Immigration Bill in Parliament, the Times of India has analysed data held by HESA Student which shows that between 2010-11 and 2011-12, over 10,000 fewer Indian students travelled to the UK to pursue a post graduate degree. This decline has been attributed to tough immigration laws and could be seen as the result of the introduction of the Immigration Bill which intends to make it more difficult for immigrants to live and work in the UK after they have studied their course.

HESA Student Data: Figures Show Indian Students are avoiding the UK

Records held by HESA Student show the following:

  • 39,090 Indian students were enrolled in British universities in 2010-11 for a postgraduate degree but this number fell to 29,900 in 2011-12;
  • Number of Pakistani students fell by 13.4% while those from Saudi Arabia fell by 4%;
  • Chinese students enrolling in postgraduate degrees rose by 17%; and
  • Even after the drop in figures, Indian and Chinese students made up almost 35% of all non-EU students in the UK.

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to visit New Delhi, India on 14 November in his third visit to the country in the last two years and will be addressing these issues with the Indian Prime Minister.

British Council: Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships for Indian Students

The British Council is offering scholarships for Indian students to study for doctoral degrees in subjects like science and technology, economics and social sciences at St John’s College, University of Cambridge.

These scholarships have been named after the Prime Minister of India who is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of St John’s College. These awards will enable academically outstanding Indian students to study a variety of subjects.

Successful UK Student Visa Applications for Indian Students

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