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Lancaster University is to set up a scholarship in memory of Anuj Bidve the Indian student whose unprovoked murder in Manchester evoked widespread sympathy and outrage.

“The scholarship is a fitting and lasting way of remembering Anuj, who was an outstanding said Lancaster University’s vice-chancellor Professor Mark E Smith.

Bidve, 23, was studying engineering at Lancaster when he was killed in Salford on December 26.

The annual scholarship will fund an engineering MSc for a student graduating from the University of Pune in India, where Bidve studied. The scholarship, which is for fees and accommodation, has been agreed in line with the wishes of Bidve’s family, the BBC reported.

The UK university said it hoped the first student to receive the award would come to Lancaster in October 2012.

Bidve was on a visit to Manchester with a group of university friends when he was shot in the head at close range as he walked along Ordsall Lane.

A 20-year-old youth nicknamed “Psycho Stapleton” has been charged with Anuj’s murder and remanded in custody until a plea and case management hearing on March 20. He is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court in March.

Three other people arrested on suspicion of Anuj’s murder have been granted bail until March pending further inquiries. A fourth man, aged 19, had his bail cancelled.

Bidve, a postgraduate student of Microelectronics at the university, was shot in the head at close range, a day after Christmas, as he walked along Ordsall Lane with friends in Greater Manchester.

Despite the tragic incident, the UK is still a safe place for overseas students and migrants. Attacks of this nature against any of the hundreds of thousands of overseas students and migrant workers are rare.

This week Immigration Matters reported that UK universities had seen a 13.7% increase in applications from overseas candidates from non-EU countries, despite changes to Tier 4 student visa rules and the abolition of PSW this April.

Overseas students are worth billions of pounds to the UK economy

See also:

New student visa rules announced today

UK University applicants drops 8.7% but non-EU students increase, UCAS figures reveal

New Tier 4 student visa rules now in force

Student visa crackdown damaging our reputation abroad, Universities UK warns

MORE CHALLENGES FOR TIER 4 STUDENTS AS ‘3-YEAR RULE’ APPLIED

HIGHLY TRUSTED PRIVATE COLLEGE STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO WORK AS GOVERNMENT SPONSORED INSTITUTIONS

Important UK Border Agency update for Tier 4 sponsors – educational oversight and other changes

New Tier 4 sponsor guidance published for Highly Trusted Sponsorship – will your private college qualify?

Post Study Work Visa to be abolished April 2012 as part of student visa clampdown

Free service launched to help overseas students study at UK Universities

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You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card holder – in fact any visa type – even if you are no longer legal or even in the UK!

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