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Waiting for their turnThe two-day UK Education Fair 2001, organised by The British Council in Taj Krishna, has provided an ideal opportunity for the aspiring candidates to know more about the British education system. The fair was attended by more than one hundred academicians representing about 60 universities of England.

The venue of the fair resembled a campus with young girls and boys trying to know more about the system of education in Britain. And the representatives of the universities did not disappoint them, and provided information patiently to their queries and tried to solve the misconceptions about British education. The two-day education fair has attracted more than 10,000 students.

All smiles: interacting  with officials"The enthusiasm shown by the students in this fair is certainly tremendous," says Sudhakaraiah, of the education counselling services of the British Council division of South India. He said that this year most of the candidates have shown special interest in management, IT and engineering courses. "The UK welcomes students from India to mix with the growing community of nearly 8,00,000 international students currently staying there. The number from India has increased over the last five years and is now higher than ever before," says Sudhakaraiah.

Getting to know moreAlthough the number of students going to UK is certainly increasing, many people don't have proper guidance about the British education system. The candidates who visited the fair wanted to know about the cost of living, job opportunities, course structure and fee structure. Answering some of their queries David Bebb of Writtle College, University of Essexe says, "In UK, undergraduate courses are three years in duration and postgraduate courses can be finished in one year and the annual fee ranges from 6000 pounds to 9000 pounds depending on the nature of the course. And living expenses vary from place to place. But, on an average they cost around 6000 pounds. And while doing your course you are allowed to work for 20 hours a week and after finishing the study you still have the option of staying there by applying for a work visa." The candidates have to finance themself since British Universities do not offer scholarships.

One-to-one discussionBut how about getting the visa? "Student visas are relatively easy to obtain. Ninety percent of all applicants from India with confirmed admission and evidence of financial support are issued visas within two weeks," says Sudhakaraiah from British Council.

Persuading the studentsThough it is relatively easy to get a visa to Britain, the candidates who attended the fair expressed mixed reactions. Says an Engineering student Satish Chandra, "The British system of education looks good but the cost of study and other expenses are something which we have to think very seriously", while an MBA student Bharat Reddy says, "A British degree is much valued and it is worth investing to earn it."

Whatever be the opinions, the UK Education Fair has certainly provided an opportunity to understand the British system of education in a better way.

For further information contact:
British Library,
5-9-22, Sarovar Centre,
Secretariat Road, Hyderabad -560 063
+91-40-2348 3333 Fax: +91-40-2348 3100

Useful sites on British education: (A gateway to most of UK's higher education institutions websites) (provides a list of comparative ratings by discipline of research output by British Universities.

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