Students Make a Beeline to the UK
By dhanushag | Published: February 09 2010
British Council’s education fair saw a huge turn out of professionals and students in the hopes of pursuing their higher education in the United Kingdom.
Students speaking to University Representatives at the Taj Residency
The British Council organised the Education UK Exhibition in Bangalore, where, students met with over 90 representatives from over 58 educational institutions in the UK. Despite stricter Tier 4 implementation of student visa regulations to the UK, students still consider UK as one of the top spots for higher education. Over 1500 candidates were reported to have attended the day one of the two day fair at the Taj Residency. The various University representatives build relationships with the students and answered various queries and question about the application procedures, and entry requirements to the Institutions.
Earlier this month, the British High Commission decided to temporarily halt accepting student visa applications at its centres in New Delhi, Chandigarh and Jalandhar. L Dhanasekaran, head, Education UK, South India, British Council said that genuine applicants can approach other centres in the South and West of India to push their applications. “The centre in the North was temporarily shut down to clear the back log of applications, which had made a huge jump as compared to the last year. It was also done to keep a check on bogus certificates, and applications. Genuine students have no reason to worry because it’s a temporary issue and will be sorted soon” said Dhanasekaran.
L.Dhanasekaran “Genuine students have no reason to worry because it’s a temporary issue and will be sorted soon”
Applications have increased considerably in the last year or so. Official statistics from the British Council states that the total number of Indian students currently in the UK is about 44,000, and the number is growing by 45% every year. University representatives believe that the Tier 4 regulation should not cause too much of a problem with the student intake. They say that higher level of English proficiency is something that is expected out of every student who wants to study in the UK. Dwain Llwyd, a representative from Bangor University, Wales said, “Last year we had about 90 students from India, and this year we are expecting over a 100 or so. Most of them come in for the MBA courses while the some of them come in for the law courses”
He added that the University is fairly old, and was established in 1884. “It’s good to be here, because you are directly interacting with the students as compared to e-mailers and telephone calls. We are on the look out students with better academic backgrounds, and higher scores in English language proficiency tests” added Llwyd.
“UK is among one of the options, firstly because scholarships come in sparsely” Anoop Ananthan
Some students are more cynical of pursuing education in the UK, and keep the island only as an option, and concentrate on other European nations. Satish G, who is looking to pursue his Masters with a Mechanical course said, “See, if you have the money, you can study in the UK. It’s appealing because it’s relatively easy to study there, and there are no major exams as well. I want to do a mechanical course, and I am considering Germany, because it’s a renowned centre for mechanics”
Anoop Ananthan was of a similar view, he said, “UK is among one of the options, firstly because scholarships come in sparsely. But, the problem with Germany is that you will have to learn the language as proficiently as the Germans speak it. In UK, if you have the money, higher education is quite easy.” Participating Universities include, Aston, Cardiff, Durham, Newcastle, Bangor, City University, etc. Interested students must hit the fair on Tuesday, February 9th.