British Council South India has said that UK’s exit from the European Union will have no impact on the students who intended to pursue their higher studies in the nation, including students from India. At present more than five lakh overseas students are studying in diverse universities and campuses in the UK.
Mei-kwei Barker, the Director of British Council South India said elaborated on the issue of securing a job after completing studies in the UK and said that in the previous year 6000 students were transmitted to the work visa after completing their studies in the UK. Moreover there are more than 28,000 firms in the UK that are also qualified to sponsor the students, as quoted by the Times of India.
There are diverse modes through which the students can stay back in the UK after studies and competition is present everywhere, added Barker. She also said that the widely accepted perception is that when an Indian student arrives to the UK, the student is the top talent of all.
The ‘GREAT’ scholarships were formally flagged off by the British Council that continues its tradition of investment in the talent pool from India. The council has launched scholarships as a part of the campaign ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ that intends to create awareness amongst the aspiring Indian students to the UK regarding scope of education in Britain.
Elaborating on the initiatives to encourage studies in the UK for Indian students, Barker added that the council aims to facilitate the opportunities for global education in the UK. Cost of education is a big factor for several students and by offering scholarships the council aims to enable students to secure education opportunities which they otherwise would not be able to avail, explained Barker.
The campaign will offer 29 scholarships for undergraduate students and 169 scholarships for postgraduate students for the admission to the academic session for 2017 September. Totally 198 scholarships worth 1 million pounds each will be offered to the students who intend to pursue diverse courses in streams ranging from design to art and management, law and engineering at 40 universities in the UK.
Interested students can seek guidance through the British council while applying for a course admission or directly apply to the universities. In the period for last ten years, more than 160, 000 students from India have studied in the UK. The council also offers Chevening global scholarships that are an initiative of the UK government, apart from its GREAT BRITAIN scholarships campaign.
In the year 2016-17 the Indian initiative of the scholarships program has become the largest in the world with an allocation of 130 scholarships worth 2.6 million pounds.
Mei-kwei Barker also added that there are vast opportunities in India as well for students who return to India after their studies in the UK. The students who return to India would hopefully bring home the advantage of the international learning experience and outlook added Barker.
She cited the data from a report which revealed that Indian students who returned to India after their studies in the UK were offered a package of 11 lakh annual salary when compared to the 3.5 lakh salary package of a native graduate. Thus India is also a definitely happening place to work, she explained.