This is the result of a 1994 law. From the Pakistan Daily Times with thanks to Two Stellas.
LONDON: Security services have barred more than 200 foreign scientists from studying at British universities over the past four years, amid fears they could present a terrorist threat, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The Guardian newspaper said the scientists were among more than 2,000 vetted after applying to universities to do postgraduate or post-doctoral research in fields such as chemistry, microbiology and biotechnology.
The figures were released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act as police continue to search for those linked to the London terror bombings on July 7. The British authorities started taking greater security precautions in response to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States.
Universities have long been seen as attractive to potential terrorists because of the high level of scientific training on offer, the Guardian said. Institutions can refer potentially suspect applicants for security clearance via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s voluntary vetting scheme, which was set up in 1994 to prevent foreign scientists learning skills on British soil that could be used to develop weapons of mass destruction…