On a recent trade visit to India, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that the British embassy would soon be issuing same day visa’s for business travellers and that there would be no limit on the number of Indian students that could study in Britain. Cameron also said Indian students will be allowed to stay for any length of time to work in graduate level jobs.
Talking at a conference at Unilever Mumbai, Mr Cameron explained that by strengthening educational links with India, it would help both nations in the long run. Later, speaking during a TV interview in Mumbai, the Prime Minister said Britain welcomed Indian university students.
“We want to make sure that we are attracting… the best and the brightest… And in terms of our visa operation here in India, it is the biggest one we have anywhere in the world. Nine out of 10 of those who apply for a visa get one.”
The initiative is expected to encourage Indian students to study in Britain and will ease some concerns for Indian students who were worried after the recent changes to the British visa system.
The London School of Economics are adding to temptation by providing fifty free places for Indian students studying for a Master’s degree this Autumn. The new ‘India Scholarships’ will be worth between £3,000 and £32,000 depending on circumstances and need and are open to students who are offered a place to study a Master’s degree at LSE by April 30.
Professor Craig Calhoun, the director of LSE, said: ‘We want to ensure that LSE’s doors are open to all talented students, regardless of financial circumstances, and are delighted to cement this relationship further by offering 50 scholarships, for graduate study, for students from India.’
Sidhant, from India, is currently studying at the University of Dundee and shared his study abroad experiences with us a few weeks ago. Have a read of his story here.
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