The Guardian is reporting that the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has called for the UK to allow more Indian students into British universities.
Addressing a UK-India tech summit he said: “Education is vital for our students and will define our engagement in a shared future. We must therefore encourage greater mobility and participation of young people in education and research opportunities.”
The comments were seen as underlining the importance that Indians place on the ability of their students and highly skilled professionals to move across the world.
Earlier May had reduced Indian hopes for a more liberal visa system, under which more of its nationals wanting to work in the UK could do so, by arguing that the current offer was generous enough.
Speaking on the way to Delhi for her first bilateral meeting outside Europe, the prime minister argued Britain was already able to attract the “brightest and best” from outside the EU.
“The figures show that we issue more work visas to India than I think US, Australia and China put together. Nine out of 10 visa applications from India are already accepted. We have, I believe, a good system,” she said.
Do you agree with Modi’s ideas or do you agree with Theresa May that we already attract the best? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena
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