With 88 per cent visa success rate, British universities continue to attract quality Indian students to some of its top rated universities in the world, though the numbers have fluctuated over the years for various reasons.
The British Deputy High Commissioner in Hyderabad, Andrew McAllister, said that Britain has brought in several reforms to check visa abuse and felt it reflected in the high visa success rate. He said a survey has revealed that people with British degrees are sought after and earn pay packages higher than their peers with Indian or degrees from other countries.
Mr. McAllister was speaking to reporters after announcing various scholarships offered by the British universities worth Rs. 40 crore, including the GREAT Britain scholarships worth Rs. 15 crore here on Wednesday. Though he declined to comment on the recent deportation of Indian students from US airports, Mr. McAllister said the visa service has been improved offering more guidance and opening more visa application centres thus checking any form of visa abuse. Mei-Kwei Barker, Director, South India, British Council said with over 4,90,000 foreign students from 200 countries studying in British universities, they offer students a truly international experience. Among these are about 21,000 from India. She said 291 GREAT scholarship awards are available this year worth Rs. 15 crore for varied subject areas ranging from engineering and law to art and design and information technology across 45 UK institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
She said that the British Council will host Education UK Exhibition on February 9 (Tuesday) at Vivanta by Taj, Begumpet from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students and parents will get a unique opportunity to directly talk to the representatives from about 30 UK universities and get all their questions answered on course choices, visas, applications and scholarships. Career seminars on specialised themes such as careers in computing, as well as insightful sessions from experts on student visas and IELTS will also be held.
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