In order to attract more student from the Indian subcontinent for higher education, the universities in the United Kingdom have increased the scholarship opportunities, say reports according to a survey conducted in 1/3rd of the universities based in London.
As per the survey reports, every year, an average of Rs 25 million or 2.5 million pounds is granted to Indian students as scholarships and in the past three years, it is more that Rs700 million or 7 million pounds.
Since, only 17 universities in London of the London University International Partnership (LUIP) participated in the survey, the actual figures of scholarships granted may be thrice the estimated amount, when accounted to overall universities in UK.
The LUIP officials said, students in the London universities are given top-quality education and expertise in critical thinking which gives them a competitive edge over others.
As per the alumni survey of LUIP, 24% of students in UK are from Mumbai and 19% are from Delhi.
The popular disciplines among the students are as follows:
- Business - 31%
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) - 26%
- Arts & Humanities - 19%
- Social Sciences - 17%
- Health & Medicine - 6%
At present, London houses more than 105,000 foreign students from 220 countries.
According to officials of University of Westminster, London is one of the top cities in terms of higher education. Education in London enhances the career prospects of students, added the officials.
The British Council has also offered the highest number of scholarships each year. It is said to have granted 370 scholarships which is worth around 1 million pounds in different universities of UK.
The major concern among students and academicians is the strict law over visa which might be a hindrance to Indian students.
Between 2011-12, the number of students from India to UK is said to have dipped by 38% which has resulted in overall decrease of international students in UK.
According to the data provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the total number of students from India has dropped from 18,535 during 2010-11 to 13,250 during 2011-12. The number has further declined to 10,235 during 2013-14.
As per reports, the contribution of higher education exports in UK to the nation's economy during 2011-12 was around 10 billion pounds. Proceeds from non-European Union students through tuition fees during 2012-13 was amounted to 3 billion pounds, which is about 30% of the overall tuition fee.