There are more than 27,000 Indian students who are currently pursuing their studies in the UK and this number is growing at over ten percent each year. From the year 2002, there has been a steady growth in the number of student enrollment from India, Mr.Anish Kumarswamy, head, marketing and communications (South India), British Council told this newspaper.

Shorter course duration and schemes like 'fresh talent' and international graduate' that allow students to work after the course completion are some of the reasons why the Indian students prefer to choose the UK. One-year Mater degree courses like MBA, M.Sc., and attractive scholarships are other factors that make the UK an exciting place for studies, he added.

Among the courses popular with the Indian students are law, business administration (including MBA), engineering and technology, paramedical courses followed by biological sciences. Of late, students are enquiring about studies and research programmers in biotechnology. " The demand for courses in animation, gaming and fine-arts is also picking up gradually," pointed out Anish.

Noting that from June 30 International graduate who have studied in the UK will be free to seek employment for up to two years under Tier 1 of Points Based System (PBS) he said, This is twice the length of stay permitted under the old International Graduate Scheme (IGS) rules and allows the most able international graduates to find work in the UK without the need for a sponsor or work permit. "The Tier 1 (Post-study work) replaces IGS and the Fresh Talent : working in Scotland scheme, which is an added advantage for students who come here, he noted.

"We are anticipating 15 per cent increase in the number of student visas to be issued for the September 2008 intake," added Anish confidently.

A survey conducted by HESA-Higher Education Statistical Agency in the UK said that when it comes to Universities the most preferred ones are the University of Greenwich, University of Wales Institute CArdiff, Middlesex University, Sheffield Hallam, Hertfordshire, Nottingham, Northumbria, Napier, Staffordshire, Manchester, Robert Gordon and University of Sunderland.

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