AN initiative to ask Indian nationals who have graduated from Scotland’s universities to share their opinions on the benefits of studying in the country has been launched.

Deputy first minister John Swinney announced the plan through a video address to guests, including many alumni, at an event in New Delhi yesterday.

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He said he hopes the thousands of Indians who have graduated from Scots institutions can become “our unofficial ambassadors for everything great about studying and living in Scotland”.

“They are ideally placed to tell us what we do well and what we can do better to improve our ties with India. Our hope is this ‘living bridge’ of alumni talent and friendship between our countries will help forge lifelong relationships that might encourage many more Indians to choose to spend their student days in Scotland,” he said.

India is the third biggest non-EU source of students for Scotland.