dated July 4, 1952: Jobs for Indian students

Many Indian students would be working throughout Britain on jobs varying from tomato picking to looking after patients in mental homes during the summer months of 1952.

The National Union of Students had organised a nation-wide search for employers. Most spectacular of these was the Common Cold Research Centre in Salisbury. Here, students were contaminated with cold germs and then treated with new drugs.

The N.U.S. prospectus said: There is plenty of opportunity to study and relax while you are being a human guinea pig. There is free board and accommodation and 3 shilling a day pocket money, free newspapers, excellent food and a wireless set.

Students who knew three or more European languages and were familiar with Continental roads were in demand to act as chauffeurs at �2 a week and all expenses paid, to Americans touring Europe.

The more lucrative jobs like factory work, farm work, catering and clerical work, were naturally the most sought after. During the short but hectic fruit picking season, fruit and vegetable canning factories paid up to �16 a week with overtime and bonuses. No discrimination in race, creed or colour was made. All students who were still in statu pupillari or who had come down within the last 12 months were eligible.

Typical of such a student was Sudharshan Kapila who was reading economics in London University and was a porter at Euston Station every night from 11:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.

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