Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Everything possible to be done to help TASMAC students: Government

India on Tuesday said it will do "everything possible" to ensure that its students are not adversely affected after the reported closure of the London campus of a business school in the wake of the UK tightening norms in respect of visas for short-duration courses.

"It is understood that the UK authorities have ordered the closure of the London Campus of TASMAC School of Business, on 6th October, 2011...Our High Commission is monitoring the situation closely and would strive to ensure that students are not adversely affected. It is estimated that about 200 Indian students were enrolled with the school," official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in New Delhi.

TASMAC is said to have business schools also at Bengaluru and Kolkata and the London Campus was set up in 2004, he said. The decision to shut down the campus, which was offering BA (Hons) and MBA degrees, is believed to be related to the UK's efforts to tighten norms in respect of tier-4 student visas, he said.

"Our High Commission in London (HCI) has established immediate contact with TASMAC, which has conveyed that it is working with the University of Wales to transfer the students to other educational institutions so that their studies are not disrupted," the spokesperson said.

HCI has since placed an advisory on its website asking affected Indian students to contact the Mission for required assistance, if any, he said, adding so far no student has contacted HCI. Officials of HCI have visited TASMAC campus in London and also sought a meeting with UK Border Agency, which should materialize soon, he said.

Source: The Economic Times (Online Edition), October 11, 2011

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