British Secretary of State for Business, innovation and skills, Sajid Javid has dismissed perceptions that Indian students are not welcome in the UK. Speaking at the India-UK Business Convention in Delhi, during his official tour, Javid said, the "perception is absolutely not the reality".
"There is absolutely no limit on the number of foreign students including India. Indian students can apply and come to the UK and study...
"We hugely welcome the foreign students into the UK particularly from India because that goes back to the special relationship between the two countries. I can guarantee that any Indian students (who) comes to Britain will get a very very warm welcome.”
The UK is one of the most sought after foreign education destinations for Indian students. Number of students going to the country has come down by almost 50% because of stricter visa norms.
He added, "There is absolutely no cap at all, no restrictions on the number of Indians that can come and study in Britain...we have clear rules that once you graduate from the UK, you can stay and work in the UK as long as their is a graduate level job and there is no cap, no restriction.”
He said UK universities and colleges are in fact inviting Indian students and unless Britain provides a proper visa regime, it would not be possible to attract them.