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The number of Indian students in Australia andNew Zealand are also increasing. Australia, which registered a huge dip in
Indian student enrollment after a series of racially motivated attacks on Indian students in 2009, has recovered in recent
years with total student visa applications from India more than doubling from 2012 to 2013.
However, Indian enrollment in the United Kingdom has been plummeting, dropping 44% from 2010-11 to 2012-13, says
the Higher Education Funding Council for England, going from18,535 to 10,235 students during that time period. This was
mainly because of changes in visa regulations, said Chopra. "The UK curtailed their two-year, post-study work visa in 2012,
which used to let students stay in the UK to find employment after graduation," he pointed out. "As a result, the middle
class market collapsed. But you still find many upper class students going to the UK."
Scholarshipsmay also be a factor. "The US is way ahead of the UK and Australia in scholarships, which allows hardworking
middle class Indian students to go to the US," Chopra said. A National Union of Students survey found earlier this year that
nearly 63% of Indian PhD students in the UK felt the UK government was "not welcoming" or "not welcoming at all".
This precarious drop has sent the UK scrambling to repair its tattered image. UK universities and sciences minister Nick
Clark recently visited India for three days to strengthen educational ties between the UK and India and to address
"misconceptions" that Indian studentsmight have about the difficulty of obtaining visas to the UK. During his stay he also
announced a new five-year initiative to send 25,000 students from the UK to India.
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India Signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United States of
America (USA) on Setting-Up Infrastructure Collaboration Platform
Boost for ties Arun M Kumar (right), Assistant Secretary and Di rector General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service, and Dinesh
Sharma, Addi tional Secretary, External Affai rs, signing an MoU in New Delhi .
Image source: PTI
In a follow-up of the Joint Statement of Prime Minister of India and President of United States of America in September,
2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed here today between Department of Economic Affairs (DEA),
Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Department of Commerce, Uni ted States of America (USA) on establishing
Infrastructure Collaboration Platform.
ThisMemorandumof Understanding (MoU) establishes aUnited States-India InfrastructureCollaboration Platform, under
which both the Governments intend to coordinate and cooperate with the goal of facilitatingU.S. industry participation in
Indian infrastructure projects to improve the bilateral commercial relationship and benefit both the Participants'
economies.
Shri. Dinesh Sharma, Additional Secretary, DEA signed theMemorandumof Understanding (MoU) on behalf of India while
Shri. ArunM. Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, Department of Commerce signed it on behalf
of United States of America respectively.