Britain wants more Indian students: UK minister
London: Indian students should not be misled by reports and shun British institutions, UK`s business minister said here today asserting that no cap on the number of overseas students in the country.
"In some of the Indian vernacular newspapers the message has gone out that the British no longer want Indian students, which is wrong but that`s the message that has gone out," said UK business secretary Vince Cable.
"I just want to make absolutely clear, as far as the government is concerned we have no cap on the number of overseas students, we don`t propose to introduce one," he assured at the Global Universities Summit in Westminster.
The senior MP from the Liberal Democrat party has been an outspoken critic of some immigration policies of its coalition partner, the Conservative party, which he believes cause difficulties for foreign experts working in the country.
The event in London, organised by the University of Warwick, with representatives from 27 countries, is examining how universities can work with industry to drive economic growth.
University leaders have campaigned for overseas student numbers to be considered separately from the headline figures for net migration into the country, but the government has rejected this argument.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he wants to see net migration fall to the "tens of thousands" by 2015. Official figures released last week showed the number of foreign students studying in UK fell to 153,000 last year.
Cable has warned that there would be a substantial drop in Indian students coming to study at British institutions, adding that it would be "absurd" to see a cut in student numbers as a triumph.
According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency figures released earlier this year, students from India coming to study at UK schools and universities fell by 23.5 per cent last year, including a 28 per cent drop at postgraduate level.
India still remains the second most common country of origin for foreign students in Britain after China.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: Aspiring for more than what you have!
- Mathura SSP receives death threat letter, message for PM Modi
- Reservation issue: Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others
- Zee Media exclusive interview with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar
- Zee Media exclusive chat with 'Welcome to Karachi' cast
- UP Minister allegedly threatens, abuses Gonda businessman
- Manali: Heavy corruption found in environmental taxes
- Aapke Sitare: Astro prediction for May 24, 2015
- Watch: Fast N Facts @ 7:30pm
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man?
- Mumbai architecture creates double decker bus from scrap!
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man? Part-2
- Jaipur girl Mini Rajpal wins Miss India Deaf 2015!
- Five unmanned parachutes spotted over Mumbai airport
- UP: Jammu-bound Muri Express derails in Kaushambi
- IPL 2015 Final: MI vs CSK - As it happened...
- Heatwave continues in North India; death toll in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana more than 400
- IPL 2015 final: Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to lift second title
- CBSE 12th Result 2015 to be announced on Monday
- Death threat to PM Narendra Modi ahead of Mathura rally sends police into tizzy
- Organisation demands re-examination of AIPMT 2015
- Kejriwal completes 100 days in office, AAP says centre 'shadow boxing' over row with LG
- CBSE Class 12th Board Results 2015 to be announced on Monday, May 25
- Online filing of applications for UPSC civil services exam begins
- No alliance with JD-U in Bihar: BJP
- Not just today, Muslims feeling alienated since 1947: Najma Heptulla
- Check cbseresults.nic.in for CBSE Class 12 result 2015
- Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others as Gujjar agitation continues