UK students should go to India: British govt.
Pune: To provide an international exposure and improve a two way flow of students for post-graduate research, David Willets, the UK ministers for Universities and Science visited the University of Pune, National Chemical Laboratory and the venture centre in order to make academic and research links between the city and UK climb another step. Willets worded his interaction session with the Vice Chancellor of University of Pune R Shivgaonkar that spoke about encouraging student exchange programmes for the British students to avail the research facilities and education in Pune which would in turn provide a global exposure, broaden the horizon of knowledge and strengthen educational achievements of both the countries. He described National Chemical Laboratory as an exceptional research centre and added that Cambridge University also shares academic links with Pune. Willets also met the authorities from Bharati Vidyapeeth. "We are also keen on launching shared qualification programmes in India to encourage student exchange. Pune is a good place for research, especially in medicine," the minister said. "Pune is known for education. There is great scope for higher studies and research for British students in Pune. But sadly, out of the wide range of students from all over the world, only 10 British students study in Pune. The city takes in 40% of the total foreign students in India and I want to take up the number of British students coming to Pune," Willets added. The ratio of 40,000 Indian students studying in Britain and just 500 Britain kids being in India for studies has become a worrying number for the British government. Willets opines that British students are unaware about opportunities and how valuable would the Indian qualification be in Britain. The presence of fake unauthorized colleges to abuse the Indian students by making no career for them in the foreign land has been taken care of by the British Government which is focusing on their elimination.