London, Apr. 2: British universities are facing a notable decline in the number of overseas students from South Asia, particularly India and Pakistan, a new report has found.
According to hefce report, International entrants in England universities have fallen from 311,800 in 2011-12 to 307,205 in 2012-13 with strict visa regulations being one of the reasons.
However, the British government has claimed that qualified students were not stopped in any way.
Indian students in 2012-13 fell down to 10,235 from 18,535 in 2010-11 whereas Pakistani students came down to 2825 in 2012-13 from 4580 in 2010-11.
Students face tougher questions regarding destination, limits on their ability to work and stringent rules on their English-language capability, under the Tier 4 visa regime, the BBC reports.
Hefce chief executive, Professor Madeleine Atkins said that international students enrich the society academically and culturally, and also contribute to the economy.
Business Secretary Vince Cable termed overseas students as ‘economically valuable’.(ANI)