The students aspiring the UK government's student scholarship from India is more than students aspiring from China.
British High Commission, Minister and Counsellor, Andrew Soper said that India is the largest recipient in the world for UKs student scholarship. [Indian students' arrival at UK declined by 12%]
Soper said the UK government's funding (Chevening scholarships) for Indian students, which was 600,000 pounds (approximately Rs 5 crore) in 2013-14, rose to 1.6 million pounds (approximately Rs 15 crore) in 2014-15 and would touch 2.4 million pounds (approx Rs 22.5 crore) by the end of 2015-16 financial year.
Chevening scholarships is the UK government's fully-funded scholarship for one-year master's degree for graduates and for short-term programmes. [UK offers Graduate Entrepreneur Visa to encourage graduates]
Soper also said UK government has extended the 750 scholarship programmes worth 1.51 million pounds for India in the last two years.
The British government has started focusing to extend the scholarship to the students from India, Brazil, Turkey and Mexico to invite them to pursue higher education in UK.
The courses like, basic sciences, engineering, medicine, law and business are the most sought courses by the international students.
After successful completion of the courses the international students can stay on to work in UK for three years. The duration can be extended for another three years, he said.
Mei-kwei Barker said 2.5 lakh Indians have studied in the UK over the last decade. "We are keen to encourage greater student mobility and exchange between India and the UK and to build a deeper relationship," she said.