According to the top British Envoy, the number of applicants from South India to UK universities has increased in comparison to previous years.
British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, Bharat Joshi said "The number of applications from South India which were “flat two years ago,” grew by 9 per cent last year".
“Last year, it went up by 9 per cent.. Students have started to understand much better what the UK system is,” he told reporters.
He further elaborated and said that majority of applications were processed from five states namely- Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.
“What we have seen is that quality of students applying to United Kingdom universities has improved,” he said. He also told that there has been constant increase in the visit visas issued to the Indian citizens.
Responding to query he said that 80 percent of the applications are for the visit visas and second highest numbers of applications are from the people who travel to UK for work.
On the impact of Britain exiting the European Union, Joshi said ” The (UK) government is clear that once we leave the European Union, United Kingdom will become a “beacon” for a fair rules based trade system.”
“We want to see more global trade and more investments and we will be looking for more partners to support that.. I think, the relationship with India is no secret.. India is one of the key destinations.. About two-thirds of all work visas globally issued are to Indians.. That is a huge statistic,” he said.