Citizens' Issues
Stricter visa rules in the UK may not affect interest of Indian students to study there

New visa norms to be implemented from April 2012 has closed the post-study route that allowed students access to jobs, two years after completing their course

Natasha Gupta (name changed) is in the last year of her graduation. She plans to pursue her post-graduation in the UK from the University of Sheffield and she has started preparing for it, beginning with advice from counsellors. Despite the student visa norms being made more stringent, she still wants to study in the UK to get an "exposure to learn new things".

In April this year, the UK government announced a host of changes in the criteria for student visas. Experts suggest that this would not impact Indian students who still choose to study there.

Accordingly, the Tier-1, or post-study route will be closed from April 2012. This had provided students an access to the job market for two years after completing a course and allowed them to take up low-skilled jobs. As per the new rule, only graduates having an offer for a skilled job, with a minimum salary of £20,000 a year from a sponsoring employer, will be able to stay on and work, provided the job matches a student's skills. The company, where students would work, also has to be registered to accept overseas workers in the Tier-2 point system.

Another requirement is a higher level of English language at the B2 level, over that in B1. There will also be mandatory accreditation to statutory education inspection bodies and to become highly trusted sponsors by 2012, for the all the UK education institutions wanting to be sponsors.

Experts say that this will have little impact on a student deciding to opt for the UK as their education destination. Many like Natasha have already started preparations.

A UK counsellor from the counselling company Edwise International told Moneylife, "These changes won't have much impact on a student's decision. For, there are other ways through which students can go, like the Tier-2 system. Plus, students from the metros anyway fare well in the English test. A lot of students who want to study in the UK are still coming for counselling," he said.

Another counsellor from a Mumbai-based agency said, "Many of the students want to study and come back. They look for new avenues and exposure, so these changes won't have any impact on the outflow. The UK will remain a popular education destination followed by the US and Canada."

However, there are some who feel that there would be some fall in demand. Richard Lasrado, director, Education Abroad Counselling, says, "There would be a 25%-30% drop in applications. But considering the student outflow to the UK, which is high, the fall in demand won't be much. Such changes in visa norms will mainly affect mid-size universities like Middlesex University and the University of Southampton. But a lot of bright students are the ones to get visas; obviously they choose top class universities and will be able to get a required job."




5 years ago

Article says new visa regulations are to be implemented by the next yer April but all the changes are
already in place only the PSW visa which gives two year enttilement to work to be scrapped by 2012

it has become very tight to get in to private tier institutions and gradually many are to be closed, this does not affect universities at all

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Maruti labour unrest takes violent turn, 5 injured in attack

"By such violent acts, the striking workers have polluted the environment in Manesar. Such actions are damaging for the industrial climate in the Manesar belt. This will destroy jobs and prosperity in the region," Maruti Suzuki said in a statement

Gurgaon: The labour unrest at Maruti Suzuki India's (MSI) Manesar plant took a violent turn on Thursday when a group of supervisors were attacked on their way to work, with five of them sustaining injuries, reports PTI.

According to the police, one Dhiraj Soni, a worker at the Manesar plant of the company, has been detained in relation to the incident.

"A medical examination of two injured employees is being carried out now and a first information report (FIR) will be filed after that," a police official told PTI.

Another three supervisors that sustained injuries in the attack were admitted to Artemis Hospital here and later discharged after first aid, the police said.

In a statement, the company condemned the attack on its supervisors, saying, "This was another desperate action by the striking workers, using violence and fear."

"By such violent acts, the striking workers have polluted the environment in Manesar. Such actions are damaging for the industrial climate in the Manesar belt. This will destroy jobs and prosperity in the region," it said.

The incident took place this morning when a group of 11 supervisors were stopped on their way to work by a group of people near the factory of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India's Manesar plant and were allegedly attacked.

Representatives of the agitating workers at MSI's Manesar plant could not be reached for comments, as repeated calls remained unanswered.

The MSI management and workers have been locked in a standoff since 29th August, when the management prevented workers from entering the factory premises unless they signed a 'good conduct'' bond, after alleged sabotage and deliberate compromise on the quality of cars being produced.

The bond required the workers to declare they would "not resort to go slow, intermittent stoppage of work, stay- in-strike, work-to-rule, sabotage or otherwise indulge in any activity, which would hamper normal production in the factory".

In support of their colleagues at MSI's Manesar plant, workers at three factories operated by two of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp's subsidiaries located in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt-Suzuki Powertrain India and Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd-have been on strike since Wednesday afternoon.


Amar Singh granted interim bail till 19th September

Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who was in judicial custody for nine days, has been granted interim bail till 19th September on health grounds

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh was Thursday granted interim bail till 19th September on health grounds by a Delhi court in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, reports PTI.

The 55-year-old former Samajwadi Party leader was granted interim bail by special judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal. Mr Singh was in judicial custody for nine days.

He was arrested on 6th September after he appeared in court in response to its summons for his alleged role in the scam.

Mr Singh, who had undergone a kidney transplant, was subsequently sent to the All-India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on 12th September following complaints of vomiting and diarrhoea.

The court granted him bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs2 lakh and a surety of the same amount.

"Amar Singh granted interim bail till 19th September," the judge said while directing Mr Singh to submit his passport to the court and not to leave Delhi without its permission.

The court is slated to hear Mr Singh's regular bail plea on 19th September.

The court had reserved its order on Mr Singh's interim bail plea earlier after briefly hearing arguments on it by defence and prosecution counsel.

Mr Singh's counsel Hariharan sought interim bail referring to the medical report given by AIIMS on Wednesday to the court and contending that the Tihar Jail authorities earlier had given misleading report to the court.

"The report by jail authorities was misleading due to which nine precious days have been lost. Due to the misleading report the court was forced to go into the exercise of calling for reports from AIIMS," he contended.

He said his client was being treated differently "only because he is Amar Singh" and added his health parameters make a good case for bail.

"I say misleading because the jail authorities said his parameters were slightly above normal but it was dangerously above normal for a person with one kidney and that too a transplanted one," he said and added that Mr Singh is entitled for bail as he is 'sick and infirm"' and this fact has been corroborated by the report submitted by AIIMS.

Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan countered the allegations, saying Mr Singh was being treated just like any other inmate of the jail.

In a two-page medical report, the AIIMS authorities had yesterday told the court that Mr Singh was suffering from multiple health problems and was prone to infection.

"He continues to have vomiting and diarrhoea for which the gastroenterologist has suggested automatic function tests and endoscopy with mucosal biopsy," the report had said and added that any kidney transplant patient, showing more than 30% acute rise in S Creatinine level, needs hospitalisation.


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