UK concerned with 25 pc fall in number of Indian students due to tough visa rules

London, Jan 12 (ANI): Number of Indian students in higher education in Britain is down by 25 percent, according to a report.

According to Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Universities and colleges saw the numbers of international students from India, Pakistan, Ireland and Poland all fall last year.

The numbers of overseas students coming to study in the UK is under scrutiny as universities have claimed the Government's crackdown on bogus students is deterring genuine applicants and risks damaging the UK's economy.

According to the Telegraph, across all higher education institutions, the number of international students from outside the EU rose by 1.5 percent last year to 302,680, despite significant falls for the first time in the numbers from India and Pakistan.

The UK universities believe that the fall of a quarter in the number of Indian students is a "real cause for concern".

John Mountford, international director of the Association of Colleges, said the falls were the result of new visa restrictions and a clampdown on post-study work visas.

The report, however, pointed out that India still accounts for ten percent of all higher education students from outside the EU who study in the UK, making the country second only behind China whose 78,715 students, up almost a fifth on the previous year, account for more than a quarter. (ANI)

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