British minister plans to address on drop in students’ visas during his visit to India
Vince Cable, the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, will be visiting India in the month of October and is said to resolve the visa matter for Indian students who want to study further in the UK.
In the past few months Britain saw a tremendous fall on the number of applications from India. On the contrary, there was also a sharp increase in the number of applications from the Chinese students trying to take admission in the British universities.
On Sunday, a press release by Ray Media said that Cable informed that he wanted to be more lenient towards the post-study work visa for the overseas students.
He also delivered a lecture at the Sarat Bose Memorial at Lincoln’s Inn in London, on Saturday, and said there was an argument going on between the home ministry and his ministry over visa rules.
“There is quite a lot of tension. It is an ideological tussle between coalition partners,” said Cable.
He also added that his party believed in an “open and welcoming approach” to international students and admitted that there was “deep disagreement in our coalition” in this respect.
While referring to the recent tightening of the visa system in Britain to prevent entry of bogus students, Cable said: “The student visa has been tightened, but there is a perception issue in India that Britain no longer welcomes students, which is not true at all,” he said.
While delivering his lecture, he also praised Subhash Chandra Bose, who was a minister in the Jawaharlal Nehru government, and said that he “resigned on principle” from the Working Committee of Congress as he was not happy about the party accepting partition.
However, he stressed on the fact that as Bharatiya Janata Party was a “party based on its religious identity”, he is happy to deal with it, since it was elected democratically.