The number of Indian students enrolling at British universities has dropped by nearly 50% in two years, rattling ministers and university officials who have been trying hard to overcome negative perceptions abroad about recent changes to the student visa system. The decline in the number of Indian students that started in 2011-12 has continued during the last academic year (2012-13) as well, leading to a record 25% reduction overall, according to figures released by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). The overall reduction in the number of Indian students — graduate and postgraduate — is 25%, but the drop is sharper in the case of those enrolling to first-year degree courses, which has almost halved in two years, from 23,985 in 2010-11 to 12,280 in 2012-13. The figures reveal that India remains the second highest source of international students at British higher education institutions after China, but the numbers have continued on a downward spiral since the 2011-12 academic year. The overall figures of Indian students (graduate & postgraduate) at British universities in last three academic years are: 39,090 in 201011, 29,900 in 2011-12 and 22,385 in 2012-13, which amounts to a record 25% reduction.

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