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In touch with UK mission on student visa issue: India

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 21:25

New Delhi: Terming educational cooperation as
an "important facet" of Indo-UK ties, government on Tuesday said it
was in touch with the diplomatic mission of Britain to "better
understand the reasons" for the temporary freeze on student
visas by that country.

This was to ensure that bonafide students planning to go
there for studies were not adversely impacted, it said.
Issuing a response on the move to temporarily stop
accepting student visa applications at the UK Visa Application
Centres in New Delhi, Chandigarh and Jalandhar from February
1, an official spokesman said, "Student exchanges form a vital
component of this cooperation. We would remain in touch with
the BHC (British High Commission) on this matter."

"The Ministry of External Affairs has been in touch with
the British High Commission on this matter to better
understand the reasons behind this decision and also to ensure
that bonafide Indian students planning to go to the UK for
studies are not adversely impacted," he said.
The ministry has also taken note of the fact that the UK
Border Agency is also investigating a number of UK education
providers and has, in the last week, suspended approximately
60 from the education sponsors` register, he said.

The UK Border Agency had on January 30 announced to
temporarily stop accepting student visa applications under
Tier 4 of the Point Based System at the three Visa Application
Centres fearing that an alarming increase in student visa
applications may lead to system abuse.


First Published: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 21:25
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