Shaswat Jain, KCLSU President 19/20 on BBC World News


With me is Shaswat Jain, a third-year Indian student at King’s College London. Welcome here to the
studio, so obvious question first, what do you think of this change? I think it is a very welcome change among the entire student community. If you’re coming here as a student, you might be doing a three-year degree or a one-year degree; you study here for three years, and after that, you go back with a very expensive piece of paper. Now, you can basically bring that change, you can add something to the community. The student gets their permission to stay and develop themselves, create a greater exposure, and contribute socially and economically. I’ll come back to the economic contribution and social contribution in a moment, but give me a sense from both your experience, people you’ve been talking to, people you know, the difference that the time period will make, the difference between four months and two years. I think I’d like to give you my example: I’m an international student from India, and when I was about to complete my graduation I decided to stand for the Students’ Union position. Now I got elected, and I’m the Students’ Union President of my college, and my university has had a difficult time accommodating my visa. That is primarily because I was an international student. Now, I think this will be the change. Now when students have those two years, they have their time to bring their expertise to this country, and also take something back with them. Well that’s what I wanted to touch on next, because the campaign group Migration Watch described this is a retrograde step, they said it would lead to foreign students staying to “stack shelves”. That was the quote from one of their spokesmen a little earlier. So a lot of questions about economic benefit, what is your response to that? I think economic benefits, it’s like it routes to history where England and India have had a really good relation throughout. I think, like, many students from the
emerging economies were internationals. When they come here or when they get that two-year of timestamp, they’re working for different organizations of different sizes, they’re bringing their mental capital, and also physical and financial capital at the time, they get to invest in this country, they learn
from the economic perspectives, and they do something for the country, they develop a business idea which might flourish and do some of those in the future. 15 seconds if you would, the last time I was in India, I was talking to so many students who said they now wanted to go to Canada or America because of all of this. Do you think that mindset will change given this change? Definitely, the United Kingdom has always been the centre of the globe wherein cultures from all across the globe meet. The only concern for students is that
they don’t get to stay after their studies, after investing those huge sums, so I feel this will change
and a few studies which we have conducted as research have already proved that for us. Well listen, thank you so much for coming in to talk to me, good to see you. Thank you so much.

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