In­dian di­as­pora con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to Bri­tain’s GDP: Sarna

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Lon­don: In­dian ori­gin peo­ple in Bri­tain are “im­por­tant” be­cause though only be­ing 1.8 per­cent of its pop­u­la­tion, they con­trib­ute 6 per­cent to GDP, In­dia’s new High Com­mis­sioner Navtej Sarna said. Ad­dress­ing mem­bers of the House of Com­mons and House of Lords at a wel­come ex­tended to him, he also went on to high­light it was more ex­pen­sive to study at Bri­tain’s Ox­ford and Cam­bridge univer­si­ties than in­sti­tu­tions in other coun­tries, but In­di­ans were will­ing to pay ex­tra for the qual­ity of education of­fered by Oxbridge. What was pre­vent­ing more stu­dents from In­dia to come to such cen­tres of ex­cel­lence, said Sarna, was “visa dif­fi­cul­ties are mak­ing the other des­ti­na­tions more at­trac­tive”. Among th­ese other des­ti­na­tions, he specif­i­cally men­tioned Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

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