Relatively more expensive higher education in the UK and opening up of latest possibilities in other nations including Australia, New Zealand, and Canada has directed to a steep decline in the number of students from India attempting admission in the UK Universities.
Sources in the External Affairs Ministry have told there are plenty of chances now emerging for higher studies in nations like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
According to the UK reliable source that is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (H.E.S.A), the number of students from India declined from 40,470 in the year 2009-2010 to 16,559 in the year 2016-2017, the source told. However, in 2017-18, there was moderate growth in the scene, and the number of students from India rose to 19,750. The reasons associated mainly for the prior drop include removal of post-study work visa, hardening of English Skill Requirements, relatively more expensive higher education in the U.K, opening up of new possibilities in nations like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Sources reported the opening of current International universities in India, which have begun attracting Indian students who practiced to go overseas. The Ministry of External Affairs officials says India has consistently raised issues concerning to Indian students in all mutual discussions with the UK at different levels.
The issue had been brought up by the Ministry of External Affairs with the Home Office of UK in a conference held on 16 Jan 2019.
On 10 May 2019, Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary has raised the problem with his British counterpart with Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Secretary, Commonwealth and Foreign Office of the UK Government while Consultations at India-UK Foreign Office.
The concern was raised over at the meeting within Consular, Passport & Visa and Abroad Indian Affairs and the U.K Home Office Second Permanent Secretary on 14 May 2019.
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