Bangalore: Education is given high preference in India but even higher preference is given to an education acquired form a foreign university. As it appeals to many Indians to study in foreign countries, a hike of 20 percent is seen in the number of Indian students applying to study in the United Kingdom this year as compared to 2012. The rise in the number of students applying to U.K. has put India on the third spot after Malaysia with 25 percent and Italy with 22 percent, as reported by Kounteya Sinha for TNN.
The number of Indian students applied in 2013 stands at 2610 as against to 2188 in 2012. As the last date for application is 30th June the number is expected to go up in time.
The University and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) has released new figures which shows that the number of students applying from outside European Union who wish to study in the UK in 2012-2013 has increased by 9.6 percent each year.
Mark Harper, immigration minister said there has been an increase in Indian and Chinese students applying to British universities and colleges.Harper said, "In particular, numbers from India and China have seen big increases. This shows that, despite stories to the contrary, students continue to want to come to the UK to study at our world class universities. We have tackled abuse of the student route head on — without affecting genuine students. By protecting the reputation of the British education system we will be able to compete in a global race," as reported by TNN.
According to recent data from TOI the British colleges received the maximum number of applications from Chinese students at 6,903, followed by 5,452 Irish with 0.3 percent increase this year, 5,046 from Hong Kong with 1 percent increase, 3,457 Singaporean with 6.8 percent increase, 3,382 French with 6.2 percent increase and 3,233 Malaysian with 24.8 percent increase over 2012.
Germany is the only country which showed a decrease in the number of applications, from 2,943 applications in 2012 to 2,753 applications in 2013 accounting a fall of 6.5 percent.
An increase of 14 percent was seen among American students applying to UK this year with 2713 applications. Another interesting observation has been made by British home office’s migration policy head Glyn Williams who claims that UK student visa possessed by Indian women were seen as ‘marriage dowries’ by men wanting to marry them, as reported by Ashis Ray for TNN.
Williams said, “In India, UK student visas became known as the 'marriage dowry' because female Indian students were able to bring over their partners to work in the UK.” It is allegedly seen as one of several other abuses for entering Britain for studies.
Indian students find the prospect of working in Britain as a far bigger attraction than their Chinese counterparts, informed Williams.
At a recent conference held in London on improving international student experience, Williams said Indians largely use student visas to gain the right to work in the UK. He labeled such visas as a ‘vehicle for abuse’ until the present government tightened the rules.
In the name of education, the measures and methods used to obtain it can be questionable. The reason for receiving an educated has come down to fitting better in the rat race than being educated in today’s world. But there are those who can see the difference between following blindly and chasing ones dream, with better education.