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The South Asian Students' Union (SASU) is the representative organisation of students of 8 South Asi

The South Asian Students' Union (SASU) is the representative organisation of students of 8 South Asian countries of origins in the UK i.e. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Srilanka in the UK. The SASU are open to all South Asian students regardless of home and international students, political persuasion, religion, sexual orientation or social standing. Our m

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12/10/2014

Syed Enam Ahammad is fundraising on JustGiving for Breast Cancer Care

We are delighted to announce that our SASU director Councillor Syed Enam Ahammad is taking part in the Royal Park Foundation Half Marathon 2014 tomorrow 12 October to raise Money for Breast Cancer Care and he would really appreciate your support.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Both women and men can be affected by it, more than 55,000 women are diagnosed every year.

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07/08/2014

PRESS RELEASE
7 August 2014

GOVERNMENT'S DECISION TO SUSPEND AND REVOKE TIER 4 LICENCE IS DISPROPORTIONATE AND VICTIMISING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The South Asian Students’ Union (SASU) strongly condemns the Government’s unilateral decision to suspend and revoke licence of 60 private colleges and universities to recruit and provide tuition to international students. The SASU being the active voice of students in the UK understands that the importance of quality of education in both public and private sectors, however, it is with the voice of many students the SASU believes that the Government’s decision to suspend 60 private and some public funded institutions licence is a political move, and outright reckless and prejudicial to genuine students who have nothing to do with the negative aspect of academic affairs that Home office is seriously concerned about.

The SASU believes that the government decision is disproportionate and it can only victimise genuine international students.

The SASU also believes that the practices of rampant closure of the HTS licence of the institutions and reapplying for further leave to remain (visa) put international students in a very tumultuous situation which proved to be financially detrimental as the new institutions ask for the full tuition fees and students have to arrange the funds to pay to the Home Office as part of their visa application fees. Culminations of all these additional, unexpected and disconcerting events severely affect students’ academic lives.

The SASU stands by all the students who are victimised due to the disproportionate decision. We therefore, demand the government to:

• act promptly to ensure that none of the genuine international students are suffered due to the disproportionate decision;

• introduce policies so that due to the rampant closure of the HTS licence of the institutions international students are protected from any additional costs (visa fees) in the name of fresh application and additional tuition fees due to the closure of the institutions;

• ensure the immigration officers at the ports are treating international students with due respect;

• introduce a new licensing guideline where –not the students but the institutions will be penalized in the event of any noncompliance;

• stop treating international students as criminals and protect their students’ experience at all levels all the time.

-ENDS-

For more information please contact:

Imran Hossain | Convenor

SASU International Students Campaign Team
South Asian Students’ Union (SASU)
Email: [email protected]

25/06/2014

List of private colleges suspended by the Home Office:
1. Alpha College
2. Alpha Meridian College
3. APS Computer Solutions TA Pitman Training Centre
4. Birmingham Institute of Education Training and Technology
5. Blake Hall College
6. Bloomsbury International UK
7. Bradford College of Management
8. Bradford Metropolitan College
9. Bristol College of Accountancy
10. Britain College
11. Central College London
12. Central College of Studies
13. Central Cranbrook College
14. Citizen 2000 Education Institute
15. City of London Academy
16. College of Advanced Studies
17. College of East London
18. College of Excellence
19. Cranford College
20. Essex College
21. Eynsford College
22. FBT (Finance Business Training)
23. Forbes Graduate School
24. Hammersmith Management College
25. Helios International College
26. IIM Bedford
27. Interlink College of Technology & Business Studies
28. Katherine & Kings College of London
29. Kinnaird College
30. LIT LON Ltd
31. London Academy of Management and Business
32. London College of Business Management and Computing Studies
33. London College of Finance and Accounting
34. London Corporate College
35. London Educators Ltd
36. London Premier College
37. London Regal College
38. London School of Advanced Studies
39. London School of Marketing t/a LS Business School
40. London School of Technology
41. London St Andrews College
42. LSBF (London School of Business and Finance)
43. Manchester College of Management Sciences
44. Manchester International College (International Learning Centre)
45. Manchester Trinity
46. Midlands Academy of Business and Technology
47. North West College Reading
48. Queensbury College
49. Shakespeare College
50. South London College
51. Stanfords College UK Ltd
52. Studio Cambridge
53. Superior College London
54. UK Business Academy
55. UK Vocational Training College t/a UK CAT
56. West George College
57. West London Business College
3 Universities licence to recruit International student suspended or on Hold are;
1. Glyndwr University
2. University of West London
3. University of Bedfordshire

24/05/2014

We are extremely delighted to inform you all that one of the Founding Directors of the South Asian Students' Union (SASU) Councillor Syed Enam Ahammad has been re-elected for Longbridge ward in Barking and Dagenham! Syed Enam Ahammad says " I'm extremely grateful to SASU and its members for supporting me. I would also like to thank everyone in my ward, my hardworking colleagues and respected residents for their constant support and believing in me. I look forward to working together with all the residents in my ward more closely and continue to build a better community."

Congratulations to Syed Enam Ahammad.



23/05/2014

Deena Tissera interview for Politricks withKO on BEN SKY 182 British Television

SASU Liberation Secretary and Governor Deena Tissera addressing International student welfare on Politricks withKO BEN TV SKY182 British Television

Deena Tissera : Governor and Liberation Secretory of SASU UK wide. SASU : Political movement across the UK. The South Asian Students' Union (SASU) is the Pol...

12/05/2014

Make Eid & Diwali Public Holidays - e-petitions

epetitions.direct.gov.uk I believe that given the number of Muslims and Hindu's in this country it is only fair that we allow them to have the most important days in their faiths recognised in law.

16/04/2014

Congratulations Hertfordshire South Asian Students Society (SASS) for being second ever affiliated SASS in the UK! We are very delighted to officially announce that Hertfordshire SASS has won the SASU Award 2013/14 for being one of the top five societies! Thank you SASU's Governor and Vice-President Imran Hossain for bringing all Hertfordshire South Asian students under an umbrella! All the Best Hertfordshire SASS :)

07/04/2014



Yashika’s case – could Tier 4 be the answer?

Every now and then the plight of an individual immigrant in the UK catches our attention and makes us stop and think about our increasingly controversial system.

A girl singing her heart out on a TV show, a young man mugged whilst walking innocently through a London street filled with rioters, or a young women only just into adulthood who is torn away from her family and her studies weeks before her A-levels.

Regardless of whether or not such cases, when they arise, are ‘exceptional’ under immigration policy, they are often considered exceptional by the thousands of people who express concern, anger or disbelief about the outcome.

In the case of Yashika Bageerathi, there may be a solution that will enable this bright student to return to the UK, complete her studies and progress to a place at university without undermining the government’s tough stance on immigration. Surely if this can be achieved lawfully, and without cost to the British taxpayer, few would deny this young person such an opportunity?

In order to be granted a visa under Tier 4 of the Points Based System, Yashika will need:

an offer of a place to complete her studies with an education provider that is on the government’s register of sponsors;
funds to pay for the course and her living expenses; and
confirmation that any ban on returning to the UK will be waived due to her specific circumstances.
Whilst in theory it could be possible for Yashika to apply to return as a student visitor for up to six months, the government is likely to be more open to Tier 4 sponsorship precisely because one of its approved sponsors would pledge to ensure that Yashika complies with UK immigration law. Unfortunately, the government does not allow state schools to offer places to student visitors and it classes academies as state schools. This probably therefore rules out Yashika from being able to return to her school.

Let’s look at Tier 4 therefore in more detail.

An offer of a place at an education provider
The government’s list of approved education providers can be found here.

Providing one of the institutions on the list is satisfied that Yashika is able to complete her studies and speak English at a suitable level, it could offer her a place and issue a Certificate of Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (‘CAS’) for Yashika to use in an application for entry clearance. This would confirm the course Yashika will be studying and its length. If Yashika needed to take a Secure English Language Test, this could be arranged in a matter of days.

Funds to pay for the course and living expenses
International students are required to demonstrate that they have enough money to cover their course fees. If a course will last longer than 12 months, they must have enough money to cover the first 12 months. If the course will last less than 12 months they must have enough money to cover the entire cost.

In relation to living expenses, currently they must also have at least £1,000 per month if they will study a course in London or £800 per month if the course will take place outside London up to a maximum of 9 months.

For example, a student enrolled on a course in London costing £6,000 a year that will last for more than 12 months will need £6,000 (course fees) plus £9,000 (living expenses) – a total of £15,000. A student enrolled on a course in London for 6 months that costs £3,000 would need £3,000 plus £6,000 – a total of £9,000.

Many people have pledged to offer Yashika financial support and a charitable fund has been set up by her school.

It is also possible that an education provider may be willing to offer a scholarship to Yashika.

Confirmation that any ban on returning to the UK will be waived due to her specific circumstances
Under the Immigration Rules, the government has the power to deny an applicant permission to enter the UK in a number of circumstances, including if they have previously overstayed.

Where the applicant has previously overstayed the law states, in summary, that the person will also not be approved to re-enter the UK for a period of:

1 year if they left the UK voluntarily and not at public expense;
2 years if they left the UK voluntarily and at public expense, providing the date of departure occurred no more than 6 months after they received the notice of removal decision;
5 years, if they left the UK voluntarily at public expense but took longer than 6 months to leave;
10 years, if they were removed or deported; or
10 years, if they used deception in an application for entry clearance.
The mandatory grounds of refusal cannot be applied where a person was under the age of 18 at the time they last breached immigration law. Yashika though is over the age of 18.

The Home Secretary’s overriding discretion
However, it is a fundamental principle of our immigration system, and indeed our legal system, that the Secretary of State has an overriding discretion to depart from the Immigration Rules. Of course, the Home Secretary will only do this where there are exceptional circumstances.

Yashika was brought to the UK as a child.

Yashika was enrolled in school as a child.

She has broken no rules other than choosing to remain with her family and community when she reached her 18th birthday.

When most of our kids turn 18, they may be embarking on a new exciting adventure as an adult but in reality we keep them close and keep an eye on them. We guide them through the early stages of adulthood and try and soften some of the harsher realities of adult life for a while. Members of the government surely do the same when their children become young adults.

On the day Yashika turned 18 was she really meant to celebrate by leaving a country she was brought to as a child and her mother, her family, her friends, her education and her safety? Is it fair that our immigration system should punish her for another 10 years because she didn’t? Is that not an entirely irrational and disproportionate response?

Surely Yashika has more than paid the price for the ‘choice’ she made on her 18th birthday already and I urge the government to confirm that if a sponsor can be found and if funds can be raised, Yashika won’t be denied the opportunity to return to the UK lawfully in order to complete her studies.

This article was written by Nichola Carter, principal and founder of Carter Thomas Solicitors.

For further information, or if you work for a sponsor that may be willing to offer Yashika a place to complete her studies, please contact us and we will put you in touch with her legal team.

Courtesy: Nichola Carter, UK Immigration Lawyer.
http://www.carterthomas.co.uk/2014/04/04/yakishas-case-could-tier-4-be-the-answer/

05/04/2014

SASU Governor and International Secretary Anuk Chehtiya Wijesinghe presents SASU Award to Robert Gordon University Students' Union!

Tom Daly Photography

04/04/2014

Robert Gordon University Students' Association (RGU:UNION) receives the first ever SASU award for launching the first ever affiliated South Asian Students' Society of 2013-2014

01/04/2014

South Asian Students Union has finally presented its first SASU Award 2013-14 to Robert Gordon University Student' Union ( RGU:Union). SASU Award was presented by the SASU governor and International Secretary Anuk Chehtiya Wijesinghe. Congratulations and thanks to RGU south asian society!

Look forward to giving out SASU AWARDs to another four South Asian Society Members of the year!

Watch the message to Robert Gordon University Students' Union on the following link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAjrw_WhF6A

11/03/2014

South Asian Students Union (SASU) is not involved with the democratic procedures of any other organisations. Some people however met us and shared their ideas, thoughts about the problem of International Students in the UK. But we neither supporting nor endorsing any candidates for any elections. We hope, we clear our position about the on going rumours.

02/03/2014

Upcoming 'NUS International Officer' candidate (2014/15) Shreya Paudel meets SASU's General Secretary and Vice-President in London. We all the international students are united and committed to work together......

29/01/2014

Official meeting with the SASU liberation secretary Deena Tissera, international secretary Anuk Chehtiya Wijesinghe and the SASU president VP Syed Rumman. Youth taking the lead to make a change.

18/01/2014

Great opportunity! Only two days left!

Are you interested in gaining experience of running an organisation?

Are you looking for flexible volunteering work?

If you are committed then you can apply for the position of Communication & Office Administration by sending an email with your CV and Covering Letter on [email protected] mentioning the position you are applying for on the subject field by Monday 20 January 2014, 5pm.

Qualifications
Essential:
• A-level education or equivalent

Experience:
• Experience of using and maintaining all communication methods and social networking sites which include facebook, twitter, youtube etc.
• Experience of working with design agencies.

Knowledge and skills
Essential:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong editing and proofreading skills
• Knowledge of the not-for-profit sector
• Knowledge of Education Sector
• knowledge of students' organisations in the UK
• knowledge of making presentation

General attributes:
• Able to work on own initiative •Strong diplomacy skills

SCOPE OF JOB:
• Develop and implement communications strategy
• Manage communications channels
• Point of contact for the organisation
• The role will also include generating mailings, filing, answering the telephone and maintaining other office systems.
• Communication with our associates and stakeholders will be part of the role, along with varied and interesting ‘other duties’ as required by the Line Manager.

N.B. Duties and responsibilities are subject to change.

Best regards,

SASU

16/01/2014

Great news! Mr Usman Ali, inspiring former national student leader (former Vice-President Higher Education of the National Union of Students) has agreed to be the Expert Pool (Adviser) of SASU. Congratulations Usman Ali on your appointment as the Expert Pool of SASU.

13/01/2014

Hi All,
Are you interested in gaining experience of running an organisation?
Are you looking for flexible volunteering work?
If you are committed then you can apply for the position of Communication & Office Administrator by sending an email with your CV and Covering Letter on [email protected] mentioning the position you are applying for on the subject field by Monday 20 January 2014, 5pm.
Your CV and Covering Letter should demonstrate the following requirements.

Qualifications
Essential:
• A-level education or equivalent
Experience:
• Experience of using and maintaining all communication methods and social networking sites which include facebook, twitter, youtube etc.
• Experience of working with design agencies.
Knowledge and skills
Essential:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong editing and proofreading skills
• Knowledge of the not-for-profit sector
• Knowledge of Education Sector
• knowledge of students' organisations in the UK
• knowledge of making presentation
General attributes:
• Able to work on own initiative •Strong diplomacy skills
• Creativity
SCOPE OF JOB:
• Develop and implement communications strategy
• Manage communications channels
• Point of contact for the organisation
• The role will also include generating mailings, filing, answering the telephone and maintaining other office systems.
• Communication with our associates and stakeholders will be part of the role, along with varied and interesting ‘other duties’ as required by the Line Manager.
Essential:
• You have to have the entitlement to work in the UK.
• Expected to work 10 hours per week
N.B. Duties and responsibilities are subject to change.

Best wishes,
SASU

04/01/2014

Look forward for more campaigns, workshops and many more in this new year. 2014 is the year for all of us to march forward as one.

26/12/2013

Christmas and New Year greetings to you all; wish you another successful year ahead.

07/12/2013

It was really exciting to have SASU's first Working Group Meeting yesterday evening.

Everyone stood in silence for a minute to pay tribute to the greatest World Leader Nelson Mandela. SASU said " Mandela is the symbol of unity, strength and forgiveness; he will be remembered in our all positive actions."

An interim Working Group Committee has been formed. Those who could not attend due to your study commitment and sent your apology still can be part of the Interim Working Group.

Thank you everyone for attending yesterday evening at the WG meeting.

Best regards,

SASU

07/12/2013

It was really exciting to have SASU's first Working Group Meeting yesterday evening.

Everyone stood in silence for a minute to pay tribute to the greatest World Leader Nelson Mandela. SASU said " Mandela is the symbol of unity, strength and forgiveness; he will be remembered in our all positive actions."

An interim Working Group Committee has been formed. Those who could not attend due to your study commitment and sent your apology still can be part of the Interim Working Group.

Thank you everyone for attending yesterday evening at the WG meeting.

Best regards,

SASU

06/12/2013

SASU's First Working Group Meeting

06/12/2013

Tribute to the World Leader Nelson Mandela who really changed the world. You Rest In Peace.

22/11/2013

“UKCISA very much pleased to welcome SASU and look forward to working very closely with them” -Dominic Scott OBE, Chief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

18/11/2013

Dear All,
We would like to take the opportunity to invite you to the First Working Group of SASU on Friday 6 December 2013 at 3-5pm at City University London, Northampton Square Campus.
In order to confirm your place please email us on '[email protected]' with the subject " Working Group" by Monday 2nd December 2013 before 5pm.

Best regards,
SASU

14/11/2013

SASU Governor/Liberation officer Deena Tissera dressed in saree launching the first South Asian society.

13/11/2013

Message from the SASU President for Robert Gordon University Students' Union

Message from the RGU;Union President

This is such an honorable video we received at RGU: Union for having one of the first ever South Asian Societies and we won an award.
No one at the Union can take credit for this but (the stunningly beautiful), our own Union Vice President (International) and Anti-Racism Equality Champion, Deena Tissera and her amazing team! Congratulations Deena and the society President Vishnu Ranji.
I work at the Best University with the Best People.

via YouTube Capture

13/11/2013

Message from the SASU President for Robert Gordon University Students' Union

via YouTube Capture

13/11/2013

ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY STUDENT ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED THE FIRST SOUTH ASIAN SOCIETY TODAY

13/11/2013

ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY STUDENT ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED THE FIRST SOUTH ASIAN SOCIETY TODAY

11/11/2013

Robert Gordon university student union launching the first south Asian society on the 13th of November. The first student union to win an award for having a south Asian society. Congratulations !!

08/11/2013

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