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Indians not ‘cash cows’, UK varsities told

Indian students and others from outside the European Union will turn away from British universities if they are treated merely as “cash cows”, the chief executive of the British Council has warned.

world Updated: Mar 26, 2010 22:58 IST

Indian students and others from outside the European Union will turn away from British universities if they are treated merely as “cash cows”, the chief executive of the British Council has warned.

Every year, thousands of students are recruited in India by agents of British universities.

While most of them enjoy and benefit from the experience of studying in the Britain, many are disappointed at the lack of attention and low quality of education at some universities.

Indian students pay at least three times the fee applicable to British students, which means that if a British student pays £3000 for a one-year Masters course, an Indian student will pay at least £9,000 for the same course.

Students from India and elsewhere have turned into a major income stream for British universities and their importance has now been accentuated by the Labour government announcing major funding cuts to universities here.