The UK government is offering lucrative scholarships to boost their position in the higher education department. To attract Indian students, the UK has announced to offer scholarships of one million pounds (Rs 85.1 crore) for the academic session 2017.
The new 198 scholarships is being offered under the 'Great' campaign in various subject areas including art, design, engineering, law and management.
A total of 40 UK universities are participating in this programme.
Studying in the UK offers Indian students three things - a world-class education, being part of an international student body and the chance to work post study," said Debanjan Chakrabarti, director of British Council East India
At present UK hosts more than 400,000 international students from 200 countries.
However, the stringent rules on post-study visa norms has contributed to lesser number of Indian students opting UK as their higher education destination.
Read the complete story here: Why is UK losing its popularity among Indian students?
According to statistics, the number of Indian students to the UK halved to 2000 in five years primarily due to restriction in post-study visa and India's refusal to treat UK's one-year master's degree courses on par with two-year post-graduate degrees back home.
As per the data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, UK in 2004-05 there were about 10,000 first year students in the UK which grew to cross 20,000 students between 2008 and 2011. Whence the implementation of strict visa rules, the number of students flying overseas to the UK has drastically dropped from 2011. The number was just 10,125 in 2014-15.
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