In an attempt to boost the number of Indian students in the UK, the British Council has launched 370 new scholarships worth 1 million pounds, the largest number of scholarships ever launched in a year in India on Monday.
British Council also launched the GREAT Career Guide that features articles about popular subjects that Indian students choose to study in the UK and opportunities available. “This guide is aimed at assisting students in making informed choices,” says Richard Everitt, Director Education & Society, British Council India.
Launched in February 2012, last year applications to the UK took a hit with the country tightening its student and work visa regulations. This year however, UK universities seem geared up to increase its Indian student numbers through not just the GREAT scholarships and guide but also a number of special student fairs.
Over 57 UK universities participated in an education fair held last week at the Lalit Hotel in New Delhi and many are keen to attend more such fairs across the country in the weeks ahead. These open fairs aim to provide students with relevant information on undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in the UK. They also give attendees a gist of student life and culture, as well as student visa regulations and policies. “There were stalls from various universities with representatives who were ready to answer any question you might have about their institution. It’s a great opportunity to get all our doubts cleared about applications and courses,” says Arjun Singh, one of the students who attended the fair last week.
Nearly 400,000 overseas students study at UK institutions annually, of which almost 30,000 are currently from India.
MIGRANTS would find it easier to live and work in Scotland after independence with conditions for entry lowered, according to the White Paper.
A Green Card-style points-based immigration system would attract skilled workers from overseas, according to the Scottish Government’s document, while Scotland would remain part of Common Travel Area that exists between the UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland.
As well as a proposed separate asylum agency, the White Paper proposes the closure of Dungavel detention centre, an end to dawn raids and granting people seeking asylum access to the mainstream welfare system.
But the promise of a separate immigration policy led to the possibility of border controls being raised amid claims Scotland would become a “soft point of entry”, with immigrants seeking entry to England and Wales.
According to the paper, financial maintenance thresholds and minimum salary levels for entry would be lowered to better align with Scottish averages. It comes against a backdrop of long-running Scottish Government complaints that the British system strongly focuses on reducing the number of migrants.
The document states: “This will open up greater opportunities for key skilled individuals from overseas who could play important roles in our society and economy and fill vital vacancies in individual businesses. Read more »
CHENNAI: Noting that the India has been ranked second for United Kingdom in terms of students visiting to the country for taking up courses in Universities, British Deputy High Commissioner Bharat Suresh Joshi today said “some people produce fake documents and make it harder for the genuine visitors”.
“We are a very open country. We want Indians to come to UK to work, to study, to travel. But equally we need to protect our borders when there is an immigration risk. Unfortunately, as more minority of people who do try and abuse the immigration control by producing, for example, forged papers make it harder for genuine visitors”, Joshi said, on his maiden press conference after taking up the new role.
However, he clarified that the number of visas that have been rejected were not significant as 9 out of 10 Indians who have applied have been given those visas.
Observing that UK-India relationship was “extremely strong”, he said in the education sector there was number of partnerships between the two countries. Read more »
The British Council announced new scholarships to attract Indian students to study in the United Kingdom.
Regional Director, Services of International Education Marketing (South Asia) of British Council Ottolie Wekezer announced the scholarships on Wednesday. “The scholarship programme we are launching in India is part of the GREAT campaign. Around 370 scholarships, worth 1 million pounds, for 260 undergraduate and post- graduate courses will be given,” she said.
The scholarships will be available for engineering, law, business, art, design, biosciences and IT courses.
However, the new scholarships are available for those who will be admitted between September 2014 and January 2015. The British Council also organised a one-day UK Education exhibition in the city, with participation from 56 UK-based universities. As per the data available from British Council, of the four lakh overseas students who head to UK for education annually, 30,000 are from India.
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The British Council on Monday announced its largest ever scholarship programme for India with about 370 scholarships worth almost 1 million pounds for 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland.
British Council also launched the GREAT Career Guide that features articles about popular subjects that Indian students choose to study in the UK and opportunities available, a press statement said.
Launched in February 2012, GREAT is a strategic international marketing programme designed to promote the UK to business, tourism and student markets worldwide to enhance the country’s global reputation. Read more »
David Cameron has backed British curry houses in their quest to hire highly skilled chefs from abroad.
The Prime Ministers told the British Curry Awards ceremony at Battersea in London that the nation’s dishes have already eclipsed those in south Asia, where they originated.
Mr Cameron said curry had become part of the British identity and the Government would help tackle the industry’s unique problems, like recruiting from places like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“Like any industry this one faces its own specific challenges and I know that there have been questions on immigration and getting chefs with the necessary experience,” he said to applause.
“So let me promise you this – we will work through this together. Read more »
Thousands of British pupils at top schools could be forced to undergo passport checks to prove they are not illegal immigrants because of confusion over new Home Office guidelines, it has emerged.
Up to 650 leading independent schools have been thrown into legal limbo by rules intended to close loopholes in the student visa system.
Until last month any school or college which acted as a sponsor on visa applications for overseas students had a legal requirement to show that they had taken “reasonable steps” to vouch for them.
In practice this has been was done by the school looking at their passports.
But under the new rules which came into force last month, the wording was changed to extend the requirement to “every student” in schools which are licensed to act as visa sponsors.
That means that instead having to vouch for 20,000 non-EU pupils, those schools have a new legal responsibility extending to 325,000 children, the vast majority of them born in the UK. Read more »
To encourage talented Indian students to study in UK, the universities of UK has launched a new film which aims to create awareness about the process of applying for higher studies in UK’s leading universities. This film has been created in collaboration between UK universities, the British Council in Delhi and the home office for students.
The film features two Indian students — Arshi Aggarwal and Angesh Anupam — who are applying for student visa for higher studies in UK. The film shows the student’s aspirations to study in UK and parent’s apprehensions for their children’s well being in a foreign country. It gives vital information about studying and living in UK.
According to a press statement, the film is beneficial for both Indian students and parents to understand the procedure of visa application to study at the best universities of UK. The film will be made available to Indian students and their families via YouTube and through links from UK university websites, as well as from those of partner organizations. At present, both the Indian students are successfully pursuing their studies in the UK. Read more »
David Cameron is to impose tougher constraints on migrants’ access to benefits to discourage a flood of newcomers when Britain’s borders are opened to Bulgaria and Romania next year.
The Prime Minister is attempting to respond to growing public pressure to limit immigration from the European Union, which came top of a wishlist of issues people want to see renegotiated with Brussels in a recent YouGov survey.
Tightening UK border controls claimed 30 per cent more votes then the next two highest ranking priorities people want to see discussed with Europe, which were human rights reform and expanding non-EU trade.
Mr Cameron has not yet given details of the specific powers he plans to try and wrestle back from Brussels before the promised 2017 referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. Read more »