The demands of Indian students have increased in British Universities and thus the universities are bowing with scholarships to catch the attention of the Indian students. According to a survey, it is found that an average of Rs 250 million has been awarded to students from India each year by one- third part of London’s universities. It has resulted in spending about 700 million over the last three years on Indian students.
India and London have a good bonding and offering scholarships to students of India is just a testament to strengthen the relationship between the two. As per the LUIP Alumni Survey reports, most of the students from India to universities in London hail from Mumbai and Delhi with a percentage of 24% and 19% respectively.
Survey reports also confirm that Indian students are scattered in many academic disciplines that the universities offer. Of those surveyed, 31% studied business, 26% studied science, technology, engineering & Math (STEM), 19% studied Arts & Humanities, 17% studied Social Sciences, and 6% studied Health & Medicine. LUIP (London University International Partnership) is a group of several universities in London that works on to promote London to international students.
Vice chancellor of Britain's premiere Cambridge University, Professor Leszek Borysiewicz is not happy with the way London government is handling the Indian students. According to him, the UK government’s stance on migration is making the Indian students feel unwelcome and with this the decrease in the number of students is visible. About 38% dip in number of students coming to UK from India has been noticed between year 2011 and 2012. With setting up of a target of 100,000 migrants a year to Britain, is hampering the true potential benefit that people coming to Britain can actually have.
Slowly the number of students coming to UK for higher education from India is falling and this gets confirmed with a data revealed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) that shows the number of Indian students fell from 18,535 in 2010-11 to 13,250 in 2011-12 and further to 10,235 in 2012-13.