Friday, January 15, 2016

UK sees massive fall in Indian student numbers

Nearly 14,000 fewer Indian students enrolled into a British university for higher education in 2014 compared to 2010.

In what is a massive blow to Britain's education sector, the number of Indian students fell by 10% between 2013 and 2014 alone.

According to the latest figures released on Friday, US is now sending more students to UK to study than India which has been pushed to third in the rankings.

In 2010 for example, the number of US students who enrolled in a British university was around 9650 while the number of Indian students who got admitted were around 23,970.

In 2014, the picture has changed drastically.

While the number of US students getting admission in a British university stood at 10,205, Indian student numbers had fallen to 10,125.

The figures have been described as "alarming" by the British Council.

The number of Chinese students coming to UK for higher education meanwhile increased from 44,805 in 2010 to 58,845 in 2014.

One of the reasons for this fall in Indian students has been UK's decision to scrap the post study work visa. PM Cameron has now said he will not re-introduce it.

Meanwhile Scotland which has been worst hit due to the scrapping of the visa is furious with the Cameron government.

A cross party Post Study Work Steering Group of the Scottish government has written to Cameron expressing their surprise and disappointment that a return of the post study work visa has been ruled out.

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