A new forum has been floated to bring thousands of Indian students in the UK under one umbrella. ‘Indian National Students Association’ (INSA)- UK was unveiled at historic India House, the base of High Commission of India in the UK…reports Asian Lite News
The new association has been created to act in conjunction with existing student bodies, to provide a home away from home for students from India arriving in the UK for their studies and research.
INSA aims to act as an umbrella organisation for students from across the universities in the UK. INSA aims to provide a forum for welcoming new students, addressing students’ combined needs and concerns, celebrating various Indian festivals and national days together, and to work closely with the High Commission of India to further India-UK educational ties and research collaboration. The association has already established presence in 50 universities and aims to cover all universities in the coming years. Among the objectives of INSA are organisation of talks and seminars on issues relating to India as well as to enhance participation in political debates as well as students’ political bodies.
Acting High Commissioner Mr. Dinesh K. Patnaik welcomed the creation of this Association. He mentioned that even from before Independence, generations of Indian leaders were educated in the UK and this provided a unique link between the leaderships of two countries. He said that more than anything else, it is for the need to sustain this special relationship through education bonds that we should encourage students from either country to study in the other.
AHC expressed his hope that INSA will not only become a useful forum to bring students together, but will also provide a platform for the 40,000 Indian students to work together to take up and address issues of student concerns. He also mentioned that High Commission would, through the Association, wish to tap into the expertise of Indian researchers in the UK. He promised all support of the High Commission and the Government of India in looking after students’ welfare in the UK.
Lord Karan Bilimoria was also present at the launch event and congratulated the Association for its aim of looking after incoming students to the UK. In his address, he said that it was his strong belief that Indian students studying in the UK will assume strong leadership roles in the future.
Mr. Dev Aditya from National Union of Students (NUS) also addressed the students, and offered all support of the NUS for INSA.