Positive contribution to the UK, to India and the Indo-British relationship via youth of Indian origin living in the UK.
The definitive reason for our existence is to represent you, the UK's young Indian diaspora. We are a unity project, an international platform, and an advisory council all in one!
Our foremost aim is to become the representative voice of Indian origin students and alumni in the United Kingdom and provide a platform that enables this young diaspora talent pool to engage with institutions, causes, ideas and people with a united, yet diverse front.
We aim to:
- Become the representative voice of Indian students looking to pursue their Higher Education in the UK, or students who are currently studying at educational institutions in the UK, or alumni who have graduated from educational institutions in the UK
- Support Indian students during their higher education in the UK — academically, professionally and personally (pre, during and post their studies)
- Bring together all Indian students, student societies, alumni and young professionals who may not have studied in the UK, on one, national platform
- Develop future leaders, role models and ambassadors in the UK and in India
- Develop a unique ecosystem enabling UK's young Indian diaspora to share their global experiences in and with India, thus contributing to India's socio-economic development and transition to a knowledge economy
- Promote and celebrate Indian culture in the UK, upholding its core principles: 'truth always prevails', 'unity in diversity' and 'the world is a family'.
- Bridge any educational, cultural and knowledge gap between India and the UK, through the uniquely placed young Indian diaspora.
- To promote British Higher education in India, Indian Higher Education in the UK and increase student exchange between both countries
- To further the Indo-UK relationship
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Our Fundamental beliefs define us
Our values define who we are. They are the fundamental beliefs of our organisation. They guide our actions and behaviour. They influence the way we work with each other, the way we represent our members, the way we engage with our local communities in Britain, and with India.
Every day, each one of us makes choices that directly affect the way India, and its citizens are viewed in the United Kingdom. Every decision we make and every action we take directly impacts the way our communities experience us. Therefore, it is both our responsibility to ensure that we can do justice to representing true, contemporary India when we are in the UK, and to help further the historical ties that these two great nations have shared. We believe that it is possible to do well, by doing good. Our values help us define paths that can help us to stay true to this fundamental belief. They helped us come up with the concept of NISAU, and they help us every day, as we build further our platform to help the young Indian diaspora engage with India and the United Kingdom in meaningful and impactful ways. Ultimately, our core values and guiding principles help us in achieving our vision of positive contribution to our two great nations, and to an even stronger bilateral relationship.
Our Future Leaders programme, enables us to recognise, celebrate and provide opportunities to those young individuals in our team and our wider communities who consistently live by these values and demonstrate commitment to our two nations, furthering their friendship.
This programme is an important way in which we are building our shared culture, founded on our strong commitment to our values.
Our Guiding Principles
Satyameva Jayate — truth always prevails
Vasudheva Kutumbakam — the world is a family
Unity in Diversity
Our Core Values
Rang De is a not-for-profit organization committed to fighting poverty by providing access to affordable micro loans to underserved communities in India.
Visit https://www.rangde.org/ for more details.
People of Indian Origin Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PIOCCI)
People of Indian Origin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PIOCCI) is a not-for-profit initiative. It was registered as a national society on October 6, 2003 in Delhi under Societies Registration Act of 1860.
PIOCCI seeks to explore new dimensions on showcasing and building economic partnerships between India and its Diaspora. With a strong base of entrepreneurs, leaders and NGOs that enjoy a rich and vast network in India and overseas, PIOCCI is poised to project a multitude of dimensions of how NRIs and PIOs could become part of India's fast-paced growth and development across sectors. PIOCCI aims to act as a platform to connect and catalyse a regular interaction with the diaspora spread in more than 150 countries.
PIOCCI is working to facilitate Diaspora connect and interaction with:
Visit http://www.piocci.org/ for more details.
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NISAU is fortunate to have a diverse and talented group of Patrons who act as ambassadors for our small charity. They help to raise our profile, introduce us to new supporters and increase awareness of the work we do.
Rt. Hon Virendra Sharma
Honourable Member of UK Parliament
Mr Virendra Sharma was first elected as MP in the Ealing Southall by-election on 19 July 2007. The by-election was called following the death of the sitting Labour MP, Piara Khabra. Virendra Sharma's arrival in Parliament was the end of one long chapter of public service and the beginning of another.
Since 2007 he has been elected twice more. Mr Sharma was born in India and speaks fluent Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. He is married with a grown-up son and daughter and 3 grandchildren. He served as a councillor in Ealing for 25 years including a term as Mayor.
The grandfather-of-three came to Hanwell from India in 1968 and started out as a bus conductor on the 207 route before studying at the London School of Economics on a Trade Union Scholarship and eventually working as a day services manager for people with learning disabilities in Hillingdon.
Mr Sharma currently chairs the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), leads the APPG for Gurkha Welfare, and is Co-Chair of the APPG on Nepal, the Tuberculosis Group, the Hepatitis Group and is Vice-Chair of the APPG for British Hindus. He has previously chaired the APPG for Tamils and is still actively involved as the Vice Chair.
Dr. Shashi Tharoor
Honourable Member of Indian Parliament
Dr Shashi Tharoor is a second-term Lok Sabha MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. He has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India and as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan's leadership of the organisation. Dr Tharoor, who holds a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is also an award-winning author of works of both fiction as well as non-fiction. In 1998 the World Economic Forum in Davos named him a Global Leader of Tomorrow. He is also a recipient of several awards that include the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for overseas nationals; the Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III awarded by the King of Spain; "New Age Politician of the Year" from NDTV, the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration, and the Priyadarshini Award for Excellence in Diplomacy.
He is the author of hundreds of articles, op-eds, and book reviews in a wide range of publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, TIME, Newsweek, and The Times of India. His work as Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and as former minister under erstwhile UPA government has received praises from various corners, recent one being his constituency topping the charts of Urban Governance in the cities of India.
Visit http://www.shashitharoor.in for more information.
Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma
Honourable Education and Tourism Minister of the state of Haryana, India
Mr Sharma is the current Education and Tourism minister of Haryana. He is a five time MLA.he is credited with significant reforms in Haryana's education system which has encouraged thousands of Haryana villagers to enrol their girl child into public sector schools. Haryana suffers from lowest sex ratio in India. Mr. Sharma is the first education minister who implemented 'Beti Bacho, Beti Padao' (Save girl child, educate girl child) scheme of PM Modi. He has delivered noteworthy results.
Dr. Raminder Singh Ranger CBE
Chairperson, SunMark Limited
Dr Rami Ranger CBE, FRSA is a successful businessman who has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen on Eight occasions. Six times for Business and twice personally for community services and was made a Member of British Empire in 2005 and Commander of British Empire in 2016. Rami is married to Renu and has three daughters.
Rami set up his first business in 1987 with a mere 2 pounds capital from a rented room in Hayes and through his sheer dedication and commitment, he now runs two of Britain's fastest growing companies with an annual turnover in excess of £ 200 million. He sustains thousands of British jobs by exporting British supermarket products to over 110 countries.
His company, Sun Mark Ltd, has received the Queens Award for Enterprise for an unprecedented 5 consecutive years in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and in the process made British business history as no other company has received this accolade before. Sun Mark has been added to the Sunday Times most profitable 100 companies in Britain in their "Profit Track 100" league table for the past three years running.
Dr. Virander Kumar Paul IFS
Honorary Patron 2013-2016
Ambassador and Acting Permanent Representative of India at United Nations
Former Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK
Dr Virander Paul joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1991. He is currently the Ambassador and Acting Permanent Representative of India at United Nations in Geneva, prior to which he was the Deputy High Commissioner of India in London. Before this, he was Minister(Press) at the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C. Earlier, he has held diplomatic assignments in Indian Missions in Almaty, Vladivostok, Rome, St. Petersburg and Moscow. At the Ministry of External Affairs Headquarters, he has served in Europe East and Americas Divisions. He served as Director in the Prime Minister's Office during 2007-2010.
He holds a medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
Taha is the Chair of UK Asian Business Council (UKABC). In addition, he is the President of Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) International, UK and the Managing Director of Monkey Consulting Ltd, where he specialises in international business development and marketing. His experience of 20 years in business spans across a number of geographical regions, including the UK, Europe, Asia, Americas and Africa. He has been recently appointed at the Economic & Business Advisor to the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara in Uganda. He works very closely with the public sector in India, consulting for various developments in the technology sector. Taha holds several non-executive director roles in the private sector and is an advisor to Charities in Britain.
A much-respected community leader, Mr Jadeja is President of Rajput Samaj of UK, National Executive Council Member of the National Congress of Gujarati Organisations of the UK (NCGO UK) and the longest serving General Secretary for the NCGO UK, the organisation that supports over 800,000 Gujarati origin community members in the UK. A keen fundraiser, Mr Jaedja has completed successful campaigns for Great Ormond Street Hospital, BAPS Swaminaranyan and the Loomba Foundation for widows. Mahendra led the 2015 UK Vibrant Saurastra business delegation to India and is the Honorary Member of the Leicestershire Asian Business Association. Serving as National President and the first Asian President of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, Dada transformed the membership by achieving an unprecedented paid membership of over 25, 000 independents and has gone on to become the largest trade organisation in Europe. Mr Jadeja has spear headed initiatives for the Indian community in relation to access and support from the Indian High Commission in London. He also advises the Indian High Commission in relation to their engagement strategies with the Indian Diaspora in the UK.
Charan is a renowned philanthropist with over 20 years' experience in education, environment, project management, public relations, health wellbeing & yoga, community and charity fundraising. He is a Senior Environment Officer for the Environment Agency UK. A local Councillor for over 15 years, actively involved in youth, charity and sports projects, he led many fund-raising campaigns including the London Marathon to raise funds for people with disabilities. He is the Founder and Chairman of Social Education Voluntary Association (SEVA) Trust UK, a registered charity in England and India, working on Education, Environment and Health. He holds several advisory and voluntary roles including Community Engagement Ambassador for Equality Council, Yoga teacher and an Area Coordinator for PYP (UK) Trust, Welfare and H&S Officer for UNISON and BAME Rep. Working with diverse communities and faith groups, Charan played a key role in raising significant funds for many local and national charity projects. He has been honoured with a number of national and regional awards including the 'British Asian Pride of Britain' Award at the House of Commons, Volunteer Fundraiser Award by the Papworth Trust, Cambridge and Bedford Mayor's 'Citizen of the Year' Award for his outstanding community and charity services.
Dr Priya Virmani
Priya was awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol, UK and post her Doctorate she studied Management Strategy at Harvard University specialising in Emerging Economies including India and Brazil. She is a TED Speaker and has given talks on topics ranging from globalisation; political economy; entrepreneurship; women's rights; the non-profit sector; psychology and motivation in various countries including India, China, the USA, the UK, Ireland, India, Austria and Puerto Rico.
As a Political and Economic Analyst she contributes regularly to BBC Radio and writes for publications across the globe including The Guardian, London and The New Statesman, London.
She is the Founder and Director of Paint Our World, a humanitarian art project that empowers and rehabilitates underserved children who have endured unimaginable trauma www.paintourworld.org. As a mentor, Priya has worked with corporates and individuals empowering them to define and realise their goals.
Mr. Yogesh Saxena
Yogesh is a Principal Consultant with Strategy Management Partners, a Consulting Services firm operating globally including in the UK and India. He is a cross-industry Change Management specialist, with focus on Information Technology and demonstrated history of working in banking and finance, utilities and telecommunications domains.
Mohanish holds a M.Res with distinction from the University of Edinburgh and is presently studying Science and Technology policy from SPRU, University of Sussex. He has graduated as topper of Integrated M.Sc. 2009-14 batch from Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences Mumbai which is an aid-in institution of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. He has represented India at international forums like Asian Science Camp and Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates as Fellow of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has also done internships in the USA as a Khorana Fellow of Department of Bio-Technology, Government of India and France on International Research Fellowship. Vision India Foundation has appointed him Governance Ambassador and he is also associated with an NGO Youth for Change Chittorgarh. Mohanish, who consider writing as his hobby, takes a large interest in public speaking too and has started a seminar/workshop series called We Shall on youth empowerment and engagement back in India.
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General Secretary and Head of Operations
Harshada is pursuing her MBA in London from Richmond University upon receiving a Scholarship and is working as an independent management consultant helping companies with business research, product development, business processes and change management. Harshada is an Engineer by profession and has a rich experience of project management and operations management. She has worked in diverse sectors like Civil infrastructure, Oil & Gas, IT (Infrastructure - cloud computing, app development), Fintech in UK, Ireland, Canada and India. In the long-term she would like to engage in activities towards providing education to each and every child in India.
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An alumnus of the London School of Economics, Sanam is Chairperson of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK. She is a Consultant specialising in Investment Management, and works with top global asset management houses, providing strategy and management consulting. Further she is the Youth Coordinator — UK for the People of Indian Origin Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Head of Youth Affairs at the UK Asian Business Council. Sanam is extremely interested in furthering India's engagement with the world, particularly through its youth, in the fields of Higher Education, Foreign Institutional & Direct Investment and Tourism. At the same time Sanam is developing a network of young Indian diaspora leaders to create a unique ecosystem that can foster entrepreneurship, leadership and patriotism. She is a recipient of the Honorary Studentship of the London School of Economics, the highest honour bestowed by the LSE SU upon a student and has been nominated for multiple national level awards including the British Indian Awards. In 2016 she was honoured for her services by the Bedford Indian community, and the award was presented by the former Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK, Dr Virander Paul, at the High Commission of India, London. More recently Sanam was awarded the UK India Thought Leadership — Youth Icon of the Year Award, where she was the youngest amongst twelve awardees which included figures such as the Deputy Mayor of London.
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Vice President, Alumni
An alumnus of the university of Brighton, Vikram is Vice President of the National Indian Students and BAME executive for his local labour party. He works at a management consultancy firm as 'Client Solutions Manager' where he responsible for developing client specific solutions to resolve complex operational issues. Vikram is a strong believer of youth empowerment, equal opportunities, dynamic leadership and skill developments for all. He also believes that the success and the achievements of young people need to be highlighted and world leaders shall realise that youth are the untapped resources to bring creativity, energy & world peace.
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Vice President, PPE
Manu Sasidharan is currently pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering at University of Birmingham, focusing on developing a risk management model for railway industry. He is a Masters in Civil Engineering and Management graduate from University of Birmingham and has Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Anna University, India. Manu is currently the International Student Ambassador for Careers Network of University of Birmingham and also serves as the Secretary of Young Rail Professionals — West Midlands, facilitating member interactions and networking among the railway industry. He also co-founded International Network of Knowledge, an organisation that involves in higher education mentoring and global knowledge and technology sharing. He has facilitated academic/research collaboration between Indian and UK universities, namely University of Leeds-KCT, Smart City Research Centre-University of Birmingham. He was previously involved in the strategic planning and management of the corporate affairs and social responsibility ventures of his family business in India and Qatar. He is pro-actively involved in educational and youth oriented endeavours.
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Vice President, Students
Gayatri is a UK law graduate with LLB (Hons.) degree from Queen Mary University of London. She aspires to pursue a career as a commercial solicitor and has recently completed the Legal Practice Course from the University of Law. Gayatri is responsible for our legal related matters, and is the first point of contact for all student and alumni related issues. She liaises with government and non-government stakeholders such as legal practitioners to guide international students on a myriad of queries ranging from immigration regulations to issues with education providers, loss of identity etc.
Please note the NISAU does not provide legal advice, but we can guide you to the most relevant stakeholders and offer our support where possible.
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Head of India Team
Surabhi Bhandari is a UK qualified lawyer, with an LLB (Hons.) degree from Cardiff University, Wales. As an aspiring Media & Entertainment law solicitor, she pursued the Legal Practice Course at BPP University, London, and is currently in the process of qualifying as an advocate in India, from National Law University, Delhi. She is the principal legal advisor of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK and is actively involved in representing Indian students, abroad. Surabhi is passionate about helping animals and people and is working towards developing a concrete Mental Health law practice in India.
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Head of Social Media & Relations
Arathi is currently working as an Early Stage Researcher in the Innovative Training Network: BIORAPID under the prestigious Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions fellowship at Newcastle University. Her main interests revolve around applied science, career development, higher education and public engagement activities. She is a member of the Equality and Diversity committee at Newcastle University and she is spiritedly involved in promoting activities within the Research Associate community with regard to career development and other relevant issues. She is a founding member of the Career development Working group as well as the Vice Chair of the Indian Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. She is an enthusiastic orator and occasional blogger. She is an active advocate of science without barriers because she believes that collaboration is the way forward. She is BTech graduate from VIT University, India and MSc graduate from Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands. She is passionate about scientific research and aspire to translate scientific knowledge into solutions for socially relevant problems. As the Head of Social and Media relations, her interests strongly identifies with NISAU's aspirations in field of higher education, continued support to Indian students in the UK as well as a positive portrayal of Indian culture as well as Indians abroad.
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|Vikram Duhan||Vice President, Alumniemail@example.com|
|Manu Sasidharan||Vice President, PPEfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gayatri Rawtal||Vice President, Studentsemail@example.com|
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|Saritha Choudhry||Lead, UK-India Year of Culturefirstname.lastname@example.org|
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|Aniket Gon||Executive Officer, Scotlandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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|Muhammad Ashraf||Executive Officer, Englandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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|Palakh Dutta||Executive Officer, Englandemail@example.com|
|Iris Anil||Executive Officer, Englandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Harshita Mishra||Executive Officer, Englandemail@example.com|
|Bharat Singh Chaturvedi||Executive Officer, Scotlandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ananya Singh Bhadauria||Executive Officer, Scotlandemail@example.com|
|Vijaya Priyadarshini||Executive Officer, Englandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Taranpreet Singh Khanuja||Executive Officer, Englandemail@example.com|
|Akshi Sudan||Executive Officer, Englandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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|Pranav Dupalliwar||Executive Officer, England|
|Rajat Kothari||Executive Officer, England|
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Turning Mission to Action
3E Model — Engaged, Enabled, Empowered
We want to provide a platform for our young diaspora Indian target demographic to engage with our two great nations in a much more meaningful way. This comes through transferring knowledge of best practice, knowledge of ancient techniques such as Yoga and Ayurveda, cross-border collaboration, diaspora youth engagement with initiatives of the Indian government, and more. It also includes developing a deep understanding of the socio-economic issues that continue to plague India and critically, by encouraging thought and discussion on how India's diaspora youth can get involved to help make a difference.
We want to provide a platform for our young diaspora Indian target demographic to have access to all the knowledge they know they need, and that which they may not otherwise be aware of, in order they are enabled to represent India in the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom in India, to the best of their abilities. This includes, for example, good knowledge of both the challenges and the opportunities that exist in India so that brain drain post education abroad is minimised for India, so that our members can accurately talk about India in everyday, or more formal conversations, so that tourism in India can be promoted. It also includes accurate knowledge that cuts past excessively negative rhetoric about immigration in the United Kingdom, especially in a post-Brexit world, and thus allows our members to put forth a true and unbiased representation of the UK.
We want to provide a platform for our young diaspora Indian target demographic such that they feel empowered to analyse critically, voice their opinions without fear, debate, discuss and participate in nation building. They feel empowered by their knowledge, experience and safety net provided by NISAU.
We provide a two-tiered support structure to address the varied requirements of the Indian student and alumni community in the UK —
As the Umbrella body of Indian and India-related student societies in the UK, we provide a support network and escalation route for our local campus teams. Support includes but is not limited to Government Liaison, Events, Media and Corporate Liaison, PR, Inter and Intra-society conflict resolution et al.
At universities with sizeable Indian populations, we also create societies dedicated to Indian students.
Student & Alumni Support
Support the Indian youth throughout their educational journey in the UK — pre-arrival, during their stay as students and post-graduation as alumni of the UK
Help students and alumni caught up in issues such as those of Immigration and Bogus Colleges. Please note that the NISAU does not provide legal assistance or representation but can connect you to relevant stakeholders or provide non-legal guidance
Support students and alumni in developing their professional skills through offering internships and career advice with the aim of generating skilled professionals for the Indian and British economies
Support students and alumni through their personal journey in the UK
Voluntary work — promoting charitable ethos and work ethics
- Led the largest ever UK youth delegation to the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017
- Raising awareness about issues surrounding international Indian students in the UK
- Supporting students who have suffered distress
- Participating in, and shaping, the discussion on current and future immigration policy
- Westminster Legal Policy Forum — first advocators of the Tier 5 intern visa
- Westminster Higher Education Policy Forum
- All Party Parliamentary Group on PSW visa
- All Party Parliamentary Group on International Students
- In the media
- Promoting the UK as a great place to study — separating facts from negative rhetoric
- Helping stop visa abuse
- Advocating for improved visa conditions — see details on our campaign #FairVisaFairChance
- Campaign encouraging commonwealth youth vote in the UK Parliamentary elections 2015 — see our campaign #MyVoteMatters
- Commissioned exclusive research project into the 'Experiences of Indian Students in the UK' by London & Partners (official agency of the Mayor of London)
- Only Youth organisation worldwide to be invited by the Indian Government to speak at (amongst other events):
- Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (London, October 2014)
- Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Gujarat, January 2015)
- Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (London, January 2016)
- Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Detailed Engagement with Minister of External Affairs & Minister of Human Resource Development (Delhi, September 2016)
- Pravasi Bharaitya Divas (Bengaluru, January 2017)
- Invited to deliver thought leadership to the Indian and UK Governments as well as the International Students Association in Australia
- NISAU and NISAU affiliate societies were official Welcome Partners for PM Modi's UK visit and our President was appointed the Official Media Commentator.
FAIR VISA FAIR CHANCE #FairVisaFairChance
Indian students coming to the United Kingdom to experience world class education and training is a long-term trend. However, changes to immigration regulations have severely impacted this exchange — the number of Indian students coming to the UK has plummeted by 25% as they feel a sense of hostility in the UK given the restrictions and treatment. Education export forms a significant part of the bilateral Indo-UK relationship and this fall in Indian applicants is likely to negatively affect Indo-UK educational and trade ties in the future. As the spill over effects of these changes are important to both sides, it is necessary for both the countries to address this issue. As the national body representing Indian origin youth in the UK, the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK wants to ensure that the UK Higher Education sector can continue to flourish with a good intake of Indian students; that Indian students are able to come to the UK and study here — without having to worry about choosing between the UK and other competing nations and without the concern of work experience opportunities; and that finally when students return to India — they are able to make a positive difference in contributing to society by using their world class education and training. NISAU wants to ensure the UK-India relationship goes from strength to strength and the historic educational ties are not negatively impacted.
Removal of Post Study Work visa:
The removal of the Post-study work visa has been a matter of grave concern for Indian students and has severely discouraged them to apply to the UK universities due to the lack of opportunities for practical experience after university degree.
A study conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science interviewed 1,336 international students from a variety of non-EU/EEA countries. Their results revealed: Of all the nationalities, Indian students felt the most aggrieved with 68% strongly agreeing with the statement that foreign learners would be less likely to come to the UK to study in the light of immigration reforms
International students, including Indian students are being distracted from their degree studies by the need to acquire work experience during their studies in order to secure sponsored employment. Students told the LSE that they were doing internships or applying for jobs while they were learning in a bid to secure a job at the appropriate skill and salary level within four months of graduation — as required under the new rules. A student described the experience as 'pushing myself beyond my limit' by doing an internship alongside their studies in order to persuade an employer to sponsor their visa
The desperation felt by these students is due to their need to make the cost of their degrees worthwhile by acquiring the relevant work experience after their studies. This is only added to by the rising aggregate cost of living and studying in the UK. Due to the abolition of the PSW, these students are placed at a disadvantage as compared to their European and/or British peers in terms of their career but also their academics and personal life.
We urge the UK government to recognise that most Indian students do not wish to settle abroad permanently and appreciate that in today's globalised world, they need to supplement their UK education with practical work experience. Indian students are suffering from a new vicious cycle whereby they are denied equal opportunities to find work experience to complement their degrees in the UK while also losing out on building their network in the Indian job market by missing on-campus recruitment opportunities in India.
These students are of significant benefit to the UK, both economically and otherwise. They contribute positively to the UK economy and go back as Friends of the UK promoting trade ties of the future. These students are an essential bridge to the UK-India strategic relationship of the future. Great Indian personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru are alumni of the UK, and this has given rise to an extremely strong, historic relationship but this is unfortunately now being degraded by recent immigration changes and the manner in which these have been carried out.
For India, this Brain Drain is a long term issue as many of its best and brightest seek education and employment opportunities abroad. India's vision is of supplying world class skilled labour to the world in the future but in order to be able to do so India must train its unemployed youth. British trained and educated Indian professionals can be of fundamental importance in bridging this gap. They understand both Western and Indian systems and it is this USP India must capitalise on in order to propel forward its vision for the future.
In this regard, we urge the British and Indian governments to collaborate on devising an appropriate immigration category that allows all considerations to be met — both nations' as well as the students'. The following is recommended.
The UK government should create a specific 2-year employment and internship scheme for Indian students which is conditional on their return to India. After completing their education, students are able to apply for this visa with commitment to return back to India after 2 years. Students will not be permitted to switch over to any other visa category.
The Indian government should incentivise these returning professionals into Public Sector jobs to have the most effective impact within the Government as well as on the wider community
The subjects eligible for this scheme should be carefully chosen and must comply with the requirements of both countries' shortage subject lists
Benefits for UK:
UK universities will benefit from international fees, taxation\NI contribution from post study work & will be able to fill up skill shortages in UK
UK will once again become an attractive place to study as it has slipped significantly behind USA, Australia & Canada
UK Universities will continue to attract international talent which will encourage entrepreneurship, research and innovation in British class rooms
A multinational workforce which will raise UK university profiles in their home countries
Benefits for India:
Returning students will share their international experiences and contribute to Mr. Modi's vision of developing India as an international labour resource pool
UK educated and experienced students will be able to apply scientific, technical and entrepreneurial skills to develop skilled resources in India which can then be used locally and internationally
Stronger ties with UK and increased opportunities for Indian businesses to invest in UK
We urge the British and Indian governments to collaborate on this issue, in order to end the negative impacts of the PSW removal and other immigration changes on the UK - India Educational Partnership.
My Vote Matters #MyVoteMatters
As Commonwealth citizens, Indian students and alumni temporarily based in the country for their studies are eligible to vote in the British parliamentary elections. Most Commonwealth students do not realise that they have the legal right to vote in the UK parliamentary elections.
Voting is both a fundamental right and a duty that must be exercised in a democracy, and Commonwealth students have a fair chance at making their voice heard by exercising this right.
The 'My Vote Matters' campaign centres around creating awareness of voting rights and the process of voter registration in various ways including direct information provision, newsletters and via social media with the hashtag #myvotematters that helps them make the best choice.
We do not influence choice of candidate. Our focus is on generating awareness and encouraging voting.
My Vote Matters is a long-term NISAU campaign which is focused upon during each significant election. We have so far campaigned during the 2015 General Election and the 2016 London Mayoral Elections.
We have a standing NISAU Manifesto that we share with our members in order to help them focus on the issues of concern to the International Indian students and alumni community.
Friends of NISAU #FriendsofNISAU
It has been five years since the birth of the National Indian Students & Alumni Union UK. Unbelievable! We are so incredibly proud. We have come such a long way in such a short space of time. What started a mere five years ago as a unity project has grown exponentially today to have our affiliates in all four countries of the United Kingdom, with affiliates in more than 25 universities; and in India.
Today we collaborate with many governmental and non-governmental organisations, working passionately towards our goal of furthering the UK India relationship through its students and youth. The educational partnership between the two countries is a key pillar of this special relationship. Many Indian students who studied in the UK have gone on to become leaders across many fields, both in India and elsewhere globally. It is our ambition to make this partnership go from strength to strength and enable an ecosystem that allows for this young Indian diaspora to contribute to India's socio- economic development both when they are studying and/or working in the UK, and when they eventually return to India. Equally we wish to nurture this talented pool of youngsters and enable them to become India's brand ambassadors wherever they go. The world needs to realise the strengths and opportunities in contemporary India, and the young talent of India that goes abroad to study and work is perfectly suited to be its soft power. It is this soft power that we seek to nurture and provide a platform to engage with India in meaningful ways that can allow them to transfer their expertise, best practice knowledge and their creativity.
In 2017, NISAU celebrates its fifth anniversary, and we are lucky that this special moment for us coincides with the UK India Year of Culture.
To celebrate this special moment, the NISAU is launching the Friends of NISAU. Through this special initiative, we will be joining hands with some very special personalities who can help us drive the next phase of growth for NISAU. We will be seeking their help across all aspects of NISAU's growth including our strategy ahead, our operational functioning, partnerships and collaborations, and more.
Throughout the UK India Year of Culture, we will announce these personalities and seek their guidance and support to drive continuous improvement across all aspects of our services, and in how we can support our communities better.