The drop in the number of Indian students coming to the UK for higher education witnessed for the last two years shows a continuing decline, according to a new report that expresses ‘worry’ about the falling demand from India.
The report also reveals that the UK’s competitors in the student recruitment market – Australia, the US and Canada – have all seen significant increases in recent years, at a time when numbers coming to the UK have been in decline.
New student visa restrictions and the closure of the post-study work visa as part of David Cameron government’s efforts to curb net migration since 2010 have created a negative perception in India and south Asia.
Official figures have shown that the UK higher education sector as a whole experienced two consecutive years of falling overseas entrants, in both 2011–12 and 2012–13.
Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times London, September 26, 2014
First Published: 17:53 IST(26/9/2014) | Last Updated: 18:00 IST(26/9/2014)