Finance minister Arun Jaitley shakes hands with Vince Cable, UK’s secretary of state for business, innovation and skills during a meeting at his residence in New Delhi on Friday 10th October.
Vince Cable says the number of Indians going to the UK has ‘fallen sharply’ whereas the Chinese students number has gone up significantly. To clear the myth that Britain has become unwelcoming for Indian students, Vince Cable, the British secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, on Friday said that there is “no numerical restriction on the number of students coming to Britain”. Though students will have to go through proper visa system but there is no restriction on the number of students.
The UK has been one of the known foreign education destinations for the students of over 200 countries, including India. Cable said there is a huge imbalance between the number of Indian students going to the UK and the British students coming to India. To bridge the gap, the country has launched a Generation UK-India programme that will bring 25,000 British students to India over a period of five years. In order to attract Indian students, the minister also announced 396 scholarships for Indians seeking undergraduate and postgraduate admission in the UK.
He said that the UK government has also decided to set up an alumni fund that will encourage Indian students who have studied in the UK to actively participate in alumni activities. The fund would be utilized to arrange return tickets and bear other expenses of the students who wish to participate.