No One Raised The Issue With Us, Says British High Commissioner On UK Student Visa Row
New Delhi, June 25: Amid the controversy over the exclusion of Indian students in the UK visa norms, it turns out that the Indian side hasn't approached the British High Commission over the issue.
New Delhi, June 25: Amid the controversy over the exclusion of Indian students in the UK visa norms, it turns out that the Indian side hasn't approached the British High Commission over the issue. In an interview to The Indian Express Sir Dominic Asquith, the British High Commissioner to India, said, "I tend not to talk about my exchanges with the government, but, on this occasion, I will say no, nobody has (approached me on the student visa issue)," he said. "The terms being offered to Indian students this year are no different from what they were last year. Last year, to our delight, we saw 30 percent more students going to the UK."
He also raised the issue of the British post-graduate degrees not being recognised by Indian universities. He said, "I am surprised that no one talks about the 14,000 students who do Master's in the UK and come back, and that qualification is not recognised in India. I find that a bit odd."
On how some individuals like Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi and Nirav Modi, who are wanted by Indian agencies, find shelter in the UK, the High Commissioner said: "These frauds were committed in India. We are not responsible for the fraud. We are dealing with the aftereffects of a fraud and we are serious about dealing with the aftereffects. Sometimes people seem to think that the fraudsters committed the fraud in the UK, which is not the case."
"The seriousness with which we address both the handling of the cases or charges that are set, speaks for itself," he said. "The Crown Prosecution Service which is handling the Mallya case has earned praise from the Indian authorities about how they are going about it. The courts are going scrupulously over it, the banks have taken the orders from the judges. The handling of the case cannot be faulted for the judicial process or in respect of the process."
The High Commissioner also said that the trade and investment relationship between India and the UK remains very strong, "We remain the largest G20 investor in India, British companies here invest almost double in India of what French and German companies do. One in 20 of the jobs in the formal sector is with British companies. By reverse, Indian companies invest more in the UK than the whole of EU combined. Last year, increase in service and goods trade both was 15 percent."