Labour MP from Ealing Southall Virendra Sharma spent an evening with Telugu-speaking Indian students studying in the United Kingdom and promised them all support. The event held by United Kingdom Telugu Association (UKTA) attracted many Telugu-speaking Indian students living in London. Dr A Chakrapani, a seasoned politician and chairman of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, was also present at the meeting.
Sharma claimed that UKTA will try its best to address students’ genuine problems. Many students complained about mushrooming fake educational institutions in the UK. Most of them are called visa schools that trap students in the name of providing high-quality education. Of late UKTA has been working to expose such schools. The MP asked UKTA to publish brochures and leaflets that should carry information about jobs, accommodations, educational centers, National Union of Students, and other stuff.
Sharma, who represents Ealing Southhall constituency in the House of Commons, interacted with the students at Tadka restaurant on Romford Road in London, answering their questions. Also he recounted his experiences in his adopted country, the United Kingdom.
Sharma came to England in 1968. Life was difficult in those days. Initially he had to struggle to make his end meet. He started as a bus conductor. Then he became a trade unionist. Here he was involved in local politics. His tireless service to the community earned him respect among the locals. He represented Ealing borough as a councilor for some time. Also, he served as Mayor before entering the House of Commons. During a long period of his political career he has won many admirers. The Labour MP David Milliband is one of his admirers. David was the first person to congratulate Sharma on his re-election.
Dr A. Chakrapani praised UKTA and the MP for making effort in addressing the problems of Indian students in the UK.
UKTA was started with the sole purpose to help Telugu students and IT professionals who come from India. Prabhakar Kaza, president of UKTA & Corporate Banking Manager at HSBC, promised the Telugu-speaking Indians students all help.
Jay Kumar, one of the founding members of the UKTA and a restaurateur, told the gathering about the association’s website that has all the details for the students.
Prasad Mantrala of ICT Experts, Shravan Lattupally of Incredible Immigration Services, Vijay Bhaskar Rao a longstanding supporter of Telugu people in the UK , Narendra of Megha Travels and others also promised to held Telugu students.
The UKTA is planning to conduct a series of seminars and workshops for students and job-seekers in the coming months.
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