There is good news for all the students who wanted to take admissions in undergraduate programmes offered by the UK Universities. The universities in UK have agreed to recognize plus-two certificates awarded by India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to the students and allow them admissions in the undergraduate programmes. One of the major issues faced by students who wanted to study in UK was the visa issue, on which according to our HRD Minister Smriti Irani, the UK government has agreed to help the students.
“Till now, CBSE students faced a problem as their certificate was not being recognized by several institutes. We raised this issue with UK earlier also and I am happy to state that they have worked on our concern and all UK universities will recognize the certificates,” she said.
The HRD Minister chaired the 6th UK India Bilateral Education Forum meeting. In the meeting, a relaxation was sought for the Indian students studying in UK under the post-study work visa norms that allows the students to work with a minimum salary of 20,000 British Pounds a year. As per the UK’s minister of State for Universities the problems with the visa system would now be addressed at the highest level in UK.
The Non-recognition of certificates by the UK Universities was one of the major factors discouraging many students from taking admissions in UK. Institutes in UK insisted the students who have already cleared the CBSE exam to clear an add-on course to be eligible for admissions in undergraduate courses, saying that school education in India was a year less than the British system. In fact, some of them also demanded IELTS scores, which indicate a student’s proficiency in English in order to gain admissions in these universities and institutes.
“We have also decided to set up a working group as to how the two countries can go ahead together especially in areas of school assessment programme, school and college leadership programme and taking education to every door through ICT,” Irani said.
Both the countries have also agreed to have exchange of academics, educators and industrial partners visiting each other campuses, said Greg Clark.
In accordance with the programme initiated by the British Government around 25,000 young people would be sent to India to study in the next five years. The first batch of students would reach Indian shores next summer, he said.
Britain will institute a Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture and India would partially fund the initiative.