Study abroad: UK plans to extend post-study work rights for Indian students

Study abroad: UK plans to extend post-study work rights for Indian students

New Delhi, August 01: A day after London was named as the world’s best city for foreign students by the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019, officials on August 1 said a white paper is in the works to extend the post-study work rights for Indian students so that they can stay and work after completion of their studies.

“There is a proposal to increase the post-study work rights from the current four months to 12 months,” Tom Birtwistle, Director North India, British Council, was quoted as saying by a news agency.

As per reports, the number of Indian students pursuing higher studies in the UK has almost doubled in the last three years with the official record showing that over 21,000 student visas have been issued to Indian students till March 2019. Apart from this, the number of students from India studying in the UK has registered a 40 per cent increase over the last year.

“Of the Indian students who applied for visas, 96 per cent were successful,” British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith said.

To make UK the attractive destination for foreign students, the UK government is also launching a #GetReadyForClass campaign over the next month to guide international students through the application process and encourage them to apply early.

To take the bilateral education cooperation to the next level, over 20 Vice Chancellors from UK Universities are visiting Delhi and Hyderabad in the first week of September.

“They will meet HRD Ministry officials and VCs from India. There will be a high-level policy dialogue – in an area of mutual interest to both — on the future employability prospects of graduates of higher education systems. It will be a chance to highlight some of the major success stories of the UK-India partnership in higher education,” Birtwistle said.

Moreover, senior officials from the London School of Economics will in September undertake a multi-city tour of India and at the end of the month, a team from Leeds University will also visit the country.

Funded by the governments of India and UK, a new programme ‘UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI) Mobility Programme: Study in India’ will allow UK undergraduate students to do part of their degree course in Indian institutes.

“Around 200 British students will be studying in India from September 2020 as part of the programme,” Birtwistle added.