London: The number of Indian students coming to Britain from the new academic year starting later this month has showed a significant decline even before the crisis at London Metropolitan University (LMU) hit international headlines.
    
The London School of Economic (LSE) witnessed a 20 percent decline this year in student numbers from India, a percentage reflected in several British universities.
    
The final number of Indian other non-EU students joining in the new academic year will be released in January.
    
The decline in student numbers at LSE suggests that even well known institutions have taken a hit after Britain's immigration officials put in place new restrictions for international students.
    
The decline is reported to be between 20 and 30 percent at other universities.
    
The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, which published its report on the student visa system on Tuesday, quoted Simeon Underwood, academic registrar at LSE, as saying: "We have already had a 20 percent drop in applications from Indian applicants this year.
    
"We know that that applies across the whole of the higher education sector and is not just an LSE phenomenon."
    
"It is in the Indian subcontinent where the feeling that the UKBA (UK Border Agency) regime is negative has bitten the most," he added.
    
The LMU crisis has led to more bad news for Britain's image in the competitive international education market.
    
Students from India and other countries are reported to be looking at other countries with less restrictive visa requirements.
    
The British Council has also reported a 'high level of concern' expressed at its offices in various countries after the LMU revocation hit headlines.

(Agencies)

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