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UK varsities deny drop in students from India

London: A group representing 134 higher education institutions in Britain today dismissed reports that there had been a 'national drop' in the number of student applications from India, insisting that UK continued to welcome genuine international students.

Responding to reports of a drop of 30 per cent in applications from India, Universities UK (UUK) said it was too early to say how recent changes to the student visa system had affected international students since the academic year begins in September-October.

A spokesperson of UUK told PTI: Currently, the impact appears to vary from university to university, with some reporting a drop in applications from India for the coming academic year (2012-13), while others report that applications are holding firm.

To date, no figures have been released to show a national drop. We are still in the middle of the applications process for the next academic year and the key time will be in the coming summer months. In the long-term, the message must be heard, loud and clear, that the UK continues to welcome genuine international students, the spokesperson added.

Until the recent changes to the student visa system, student numbers from India coming to study at UK universities rose every year. Official figures show that there was an increase of 1.5 per cent in the number of Indian students, from 38,500 to 39,090 --between 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Published date : 25 May 2012 05:00PM

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