How viable is studying in the UK?
Tightened visa regulations left hundreds of Indian students stranded after the sudden closure of a London B-school
Kailash Deoli, 23, an MBA student at TASMAC business school was shocked when instead of receiving the examination results of his second semester MBA programme, he received an email saying that the school had shut down, and that students would no longer be required to attend school the next day. “I thought it was a prank at first, then confirmed if others in the school had also received the email. We were all in a state of shock and didn’t know what to expect next,” says Deoli, one of the 550-odd students who were left stranded following the shutting down of Training and Advanced Studies in Management and Communications (TASMAC)’S London campus by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
Citing the UK’S efforts to tighten norms with respect to tier-4 student visas as the primary reason for the closure, Sameer Dua, director of TASMAC, said, “The visa restrictions announced earlier this year have badly impacted TASMAC and many private institutes in the UK. Since then there has been a significant fall in the number of Indian students applying to the UK for higher education.” Two main changes that have caused this impact are that from April 2012 onwards, a graduate student studying at a private university in Britain not recognised by the UK Border Agency will no longer be able to avail the post-study work visa; two, that students studying in private institutes will not be allowed to work part-time either.
Highly trusted list: The UKBA announced that April 2012 onwards, all British institutions wanting to sponsor foreign students would versities will be verified by the UKBA and students will be ensured of quality education,” said Kanika Marwaha, India representative, University of Warwick.