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

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Pooja Bi­raia

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.

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