During a debate in the House of Lords last night, Home Office Minister of State Lord Henley was asked to Labour peer Lord Judd if he had "Looked at the evidence of what has happened to the number of students coming from India? This is very grave in the context of our future relationship with India and the world".
According to the parliamentary records, Lord Henley replied that "I accept that has been a decline in the number of students coming from India. Will the noble Lord also look at the increase in the number of students coming from other parts of South-East Asia? He will find it easily compensates for the decline from India".
"We are not seeing a decline in the overall number of students coming to Universities. What we are seeing is a decline in the numbers of those who were coming here as stated to study but using that as a way of getting round the immigration system". He added.
However, the minister on stating that the controversial changes made to the student visa system were "quite right", he said "I am proud of it, and there has been no damage to United Kingdom universities as a result". Henley said the the changes were intended to "Reform the student visa route".
Well, its is to be accepted that no student who has an offer from a genuine, proper university, and who can speak English is going to suffer in any way at all. Weather the number of students are more or less they have always been there. But, the students are still coming in for UK Universities.