An MP has demanded that the government cut red tape which is preventing bright Indian students from making Britain their first choice for higher education.
Tory MP for Harrow East Bob Blackman was voicing concern to parliament on Wednesday last week at figures that indicate the number of students coming from India had fallen by 25 per cent since tougher visa restrictions were brought in.
Mr Blackman said: “We have fallen below the United States as a destination of choice for Indian students because of these barriers.
"India has some of the best and brightest young people in the world and Britain should be doing everything possible to attract them to our excellent universities, strengthening the ties between our nations for the long term."
First year international student enrolments at all UK higher education institutions fell by 1 per cent in the 2012-2013 academic year, with the heaviest declines in student numbers from India.
The number of these students enrolling fell by 25 per cent in 2012-13 compared with the previous year, from 16,335 to 12,280.
Mr Blackman added: "This is something that of benefit to both nations and more action is required to address the rapid reduction in numbers choosing to come to the UK for their Higher Education.”