British Deputy High Commission, Chennai
|Office of the British Deputy High Commissioner in Southern India
British Deputy High Commission, Chennai
ஐக்கிய ராஜ்ஜியத் துணை உயர் ஸ்தானிகராலயம், சென்னை
|Style||Deputy High Commissioner|
|Inaugural holder||James W. D. Locker|
|Website||British Deputy High Commission Chennai|
The British Deputy High Commission, Chennai is the United Kingdom diplomatic mission with responsibility for southern India, namely, the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry. The Deputy High Commissioner is equivalent to a Consul-General, and reports to the British High Commission. The current Deputy High Commissioner is Bharat Joshi, succeeding Mike Nithavrianakis, who held the office for a tenure of 4 years.
The Deputy High Commission
The consular section of the British Deputy High Commission provides consular assistance and protection for British citizens. The Chennai consular region has a trade office at Hyderabad and a Deputy High Commission office at Bangalore, functioning from 2009, for which visas are issued from the Deputy High Commission office at Chennai. The visa application centres are located in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Bangalore.
- List of Deputy High Commissioners
Below is the list of deputy high commissioners of the British Deputy High Commission in Chennai:
- James W. D. Locker, OBE (1949–1951)
- George E. Crombie, CMG (1951–1953)
- Leonard J. D. Wakely, CMG, OBE (1953–1957)
- Ronald G. Chisholm (1957–1960)
- Mark E. Allen, CMG, CVO (1960–1961)
- William J. M. Paterson, CMG (1961–1965)
- Clifford B. B. Heathcote-Smith, CBE (1965–1968)
- Victor C. Martin, OBE (1968–1971)
- John E. A. Miles, CBE (1971–1975)
- Alfred C. Hall, CBE (1975–1977)
- Neville A. I. French, CMG, LVO (1977–1980)
- Arthur S.-M. Marshall, CBE (1980–1983)
- Thomas Stubbs, OBE (1983–1986)
- David K. Sprague, MVO (1986–1989)
- Anthony B. N. Morey, CBE (1989–1991)
- David Cockerham, CBE (1991–1994)
- Sidney H. Palmer (1994–1999)
- Michael E. J. Herridge (1999–2003)
- Stuart H. Innes (2003–2005)
- Mike Connor (2005–2009)
- Mike Nithavrianakis (2009–2013)
- Bharat Joshi (2013–present)
In 2006, the Deputy High Commission at Chennai processed 11,224 visa applications, next only to the Mumbai Centre. The High Commissions at Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata processed 14,366, 6,688 and 1,328 applications, respectively. In 2008, of the 336,000 student visas issued in India, around 20 percent (67,000) were issued in Chennai. Of late, the visa rejection rate from the Deputy High Commission at Chennai has been increased.
As part of the U.K. Border Agency's new guidelines, the Deputy High Commission started processing U.K. visa applications from the British High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in a phased manner. As of 2011, the U.K. Border Agency in Chennai processed most visa applications from Sri Lanka.
In December 2013, the Deputy High Commission launched a pilot passport pass-back service, a user-pays service that enables applicants to retain their passport for the majority of the application processing period, for the first time in the country.
The British Council
The British Council division of the Deputy High Commission is the United Kingdom's primary cultural relations organisation and is responsible for activities in education, English language, governance, science and the arts. The British Council office at Chennai covers the South Indian region. It plays an important role in helping Indian students pursue their studies in the United Kingdom. The council also manages the British Library. The British Council division publishes two magazines—Postgraduate U.K. and Club U.K., the latter meant for Indian students.
According to 2004 U.K. government figures, of the 14,000 Indian students studying in the United Kingdom, 43 percent hail from South India.
In 2010, the British Council launched the British Council IELTS Scholarship Award with the objective of assisting Indian students to continue their postgraduate study at any university abroad.
- List of diplomatic missions in Chennai
- India–United Kingdom relations
- List of diplomatic missions of the United Kingdom
- Foreign relations of India
- Foreign relations of the United Kingdom
- British Deputy High Commissioner Chennai
- "Hyderabad Location and Access". UK in India. Retrieved 26 Jan 2012.
- "Bangalore Location and Access". UK in India. Retrieved 25 Jan 2012.
- "Britain 'upgrades' Bangalore trade office to deputy high commission". India Tech Online. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 26 Jan 2012.
- "UK visa application centres to shut for 5 days in April". The Economic Times (Chennai: The Times Group). 5 March 2010. Retrieved 25 Jan 2012.
- "Expanded UK Visa services in Kerala". The Economic Times (Chennai: The Times Group). 2 January 2004. Retrieved 25 Jan 2012.
- Locker, OBE, James W. D. (1949–1951). "A Directory of British Diplomats: 1900–2011" (pdf). Gulabin.com. Retrieved 16 Apr 2012.
- "New British Deputy High Commissioner". The Financial Express (Chennai: The Indian Express). 17 July 2003. Retrieved 21 Apr 2012.
- Kumar, Rahul (3 April 2007). "Smooth passage for students to UK". The Economic Times (Chandigarh: The Times Group). Retrieved 25 Jan 2012.
- George, Daniel P. (29 August 2009). "UK grows where Oz takes the beating: Luring desi students". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 29 Jul 2012.
- Seshagiri, Mathang (17 February 2005). "UK visa: Students 'forge' their way". The Times of India (Chennai: The Times Group). Retrieved 24 Jan 2012.
- "British High Commission, Colombo announces new visa procedure". BBS Netting (Colombo). Retrieved 26 Jan 2012.
- "Applying for a UK visa in Sri Lanka". UK in Sri Lanka. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012.
- "Sri Lankan companies get faster visas for UK visits". Lanka Business Online (Colombo: Lanka Business Online). 7 December 2011. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012.
- "UK High Commission in Sri Lanka To Stop Issuing Visas". The Nation (Colombo: Nation.lk). 3 February 2008. Retrieved 12 Feb 2012.
- "UK to launch passport pass-back service". Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu). 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 Dec 2013.
- Subramanian, T.S. (22 May – 4 June 2004). "Encouraging studies abroad". Frontline (The Hindu) 21 (11). Retrieved 25 Jan 2012.
- "Who we are". British Council. Retrieved 25 Jan 2012.
- Chitradeepa, A. (5 September 2011). "IELTS initiative to recognise excellence". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 30 Jan 2012.
- Official website of the British Deputy High Commission Chennai
- Official website of the British Council