NISAU is often in the news, advocating on behalf of our members and the young Indian diaspora in the UK.

"The UK was and remains among the most preferred destinations for Indian students because of many reasons, including the strength of UK-India relationship. However, we do feel that for a holistic change in perception, it will take stronger efforts on the part of the UK government to demonstrate a further understanding of the requirements of the Indian student — especially the need to obtain temporary work visas to acquire work experience, which is part of educational requirement,' says Sanam Arora, president, National Indian Students and Alumni Union, an organisation representing Indian students, alumni and working professionals of Indian origin in the UK. She feels that countries such as the UK, which base their student immigration policies on counting students as migrants, will suffer in their ranking as a preferred education destination. NISAU has been campaigning for a specific visa for Indian students in the UK — a two-year work permit that can be granted conditional on return to India after two years".

"For any preferential ties with India after leaving the European Union, Britain should understand that what India can best offer is its people and their skills, its students, its IT and software professionals and so on." Mr Tharoor said, according to the Indian Express.

He also added it was important that students then came back to India to help improve the country.

And I am not saying Indians should migrate here. As an Indian politician, I want them to come back to India and to serve my country but I would like them to come here and study.

"If they want, to have a temporary work permit, acquire skills and training that they can use when they come back. But it is becoming more and more difficult for them to possibly do that," he added.


'Visa policies for Indians in the UK must focus on post study work opportunities'

UK needed to be aware of the influence that Indian-born graduates now wielded in business and politics.

'Some of the people who lead the world's biggest companies, such as Google's [chief executive officer] Sundar Pichai, are Indians and were students — the Indian diaspora is now students,' she said.