Many of the official reports in the archives on Indian students in England indicate official concerns and policies in regard to the presence of students in British universities. They also provide Indian views and their experiences in Britain. Students having financial or other problems also appear in the Public and Judicial records [L/P&J].
Letter from the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University to Lord Morley, the Under-Secretary of the India Office in 1908, concerning the Lee-Warner enquiry of the admission and supervision of Indian Students. [IOR:L/P+J/6/845] © The British Library Board.
Comment from The Times, 1 April 1909 contained in the Lee-Warner recomendations:
"The present scheme goes far beyond the mere negative purpose of counteracting such machinations; it is designed to do good, and not merely check evil."
MSS EUR F 111/281, Government of India Home Department, Proceedings, September 1903, No. 25, Question of establishing a hostel for or adopting some other means of supervision over, Indian students in England.
Opinion of Sir Owen Burne on Indian students:
"..my honest opinion, after some years' limited experience, is that we can do little for native of India either financially or morally. They are, for the most part, out of hand in such matters. One night in a London street after arrival is quite sufficient for some of them to make a good start on the downward grade. This is essentially the case with women. In India white women hate and despise the ordinary Bengali Baboos. In England white women rush at them and they are only too willing to become their victims." (Burne to Sir Curzon Wyllie, 18 May 1903)
Sir Henry Cotton on the proposed hostel:
"I believe the majority of these students lead studious and decent lives, and do not succumb to temptation. Be this as it may, the absence of all supervision and control over them is an admitted danger, and I appreciate the value of the effort now being made to apply some remedial measure; the fact is you cannot exercise compulsion over Indian students, and that as a body, they are, and always will be, reluctant to enter a hostel and live together under the restrictions of the institution."(Reply from Sir Henry Cotton to Sir Curzon Wyllie, 2 April 1903)
1928, an 'At home' at Veeraswamy's restaurant. The restaurant, in Regent Street, London, was established in 1926. [OIOC: Photo 761.f.5] © The British Library Board.