CONCERNED WITH the decline in the number of Indian students studying in UK universities — by 50 per cent in the last five years — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to raise the issue “very strongly” with British PM Theresa May when they meet on November 7.
May will be in India from November 6 to 8 on her first bilateral visit to the country since assuming office. “We expect mobility issues to be raised during the visit,” said Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Vikas Swarup when asked whether the issue of Indian students will be taken up during the talks.
“Yes, it is true that in the last five years or so, the number of Indian students enrolling in UK universities have gone down by almost 50 per cent; from around 40,000 to about 20,000 now. This has happened because of restrictions on post-study stay in the UK,” he said.