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Modi expresses concern over student visa issue with Cameron

Fri, Nov 13, 2015, 11:23 AM
Hyderabad, Nov 13: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have have expressed his concern with his British counterpart David Cameron over a sharp decline in the number of students coming from India to study in the UK and problems confronting them while applying for visas.

An External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said, "The Prime Minister raised the issue very strongly. The PM said that Indian student numbers in the UK has fallen by 50 per cent in the last three years."

The spokesperson said, "He urged that Indian students are among the best and the brightest in the world and it would be a win-win partnership for both sides. Indians needing a quality education and the UK benefiting from the expertise that Indian students bring."

The Prime Minister is also believed to have said India is right now in a situation where countries are actually wooing Indian students because India has the biggest education market today.

In response, Cameron is believed to have said: "There was a lot of understanding and appreciation. This is a matter for continued discussion. I don't think we can close the chapter on this."

The number of Indian students coming to the UK fell from 18,535 in 2010-11 to 10,235 in 2012-13, according to a report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The removal of post-study work visa route that allowed students to work for two years after finishing their course is being seen as one of the major off-putting factors for Indian students, who are choosing destinations like the US and Australia over the UK.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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