Chennai: Defending tightening of visa
rules for students coming to the UK, a British minister today
said "proper policing" was needed to crack down on "bogus
colleges" and check inflow of migrants.
"We are committed to controlling the total number of
migrants coming to Great Britain and the way we will be doing
that is by cracking down on bogus colleges in Britain, which
are encouraging people into the country who are not students,"
Minister for Universities and Science, David Willets said.
Speaking to reporters here at the sidelines of a panel
discussion at IIT-Madras, he also said that there had been
problems with foreign students who were not competent enough
as students, though they entered Britain claiming to be so.
"There have been problems, not linked to India, in the
past where sometimes the necessary controls every nation must
apply have not been properly applied. Some people claiming to
come to Britain to study were not competent enough. So it is a
matter of proper policing," he said.
Willets, however, said his country valued the links
between Indian students, academicians and their British
counterparts. He also wished more British students come to
India for studies.
Britain had in February this year announced new
measures aimed at cutting the number of student visas issued
abroad and prevent misuse of the immigration system.
Under the new measures, successful applicants from
India and other countries outside the European Union will have
to meet a higher bar on English language requirement.
Students taking courses below degree level will be
allowed to work for only 10 hours a week, instead of the