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India, Australia to conclude MoU for student mobility

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In an attempt to step up their joint efforts to address issues affecting the 100,000 Indian students in Australia, both Indian and Australian governments will develop and conclude a memorandum of understanding on the better management of student mobility between the two countries, including the exchange of information on undesirable or illegal activities of agents, and other information relating to the quality of education providers and agents.

This was decided by the two countries’ Joint Working Group (JWG) on student mobility that met for the first time on 6 October. The JWG reaffirmed that issues affecting Indian students in Australia relate to ensuring quality among education agents and education providers and promoting best practices in the regulation and quality assurance of student movement between the two countries.

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Australia 200 education agents all over world

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Australia has suspended about 200 education agents in several countries, including India, from filing online student visa applications on the charge of indulging in fraud, a recognised body of agents today said.

Association of Australian Education Representatives in India (AAERI), an organisation formed in 1996 to assure the credibility of agents recruiting students for Australian institutions, said these erring agents will have to “show cause” for their behaviour to regain their access to the online system.

Access arrangements are being reviewed to ensure that online agents meet high standards of performance, it said.

The move assumes significance as Australian government has been saying that a number of unscrupulous agents operating in India are providing misleading information to students, leading to their harassment.

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Govt to make it mandatory for education agents to register

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In the backdrop of attacks on Indian students in Australia, the government will soon make it mandatory for education agents to get themselves registered with it to help track the whereabouts of students and ensure that they are not cheated.

Secretary in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs K Mohandas said government will soon come out with a “foolproof” mechanism in coordination with Australian Government to ensure quality education for Indian students in that country.

“We will soon make it compulsory for education agents to register themselves with the Ministry. We are determined to create a foolproof mechanism so that Indian students get quality education there and do not land in trouble,” Mohandas said.

He said the government is also concerned about some students taking the route of some vocational courses in some ordinary institutes to get permanent residency in the country.

“There will be foolproof mechanism under which there will be some sort of monitoring. The Australian side is also working on this mechanism,” he said.

The Australian government has recently expressed its unhappiness over the quality of Indian students going to the country.

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‘Indian students being duped by unscrupulous education agents’

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Against the backdrop of attacks on Indian students in Australia, India has said the agents of the rapidly growing private educational providers in this country are duping gullible youths by promising permanent residency to them through courses like hair-dressing.

Both Indian Deputy High Commissioner V K Sharma and Consulate General in Melbourne Anita Nair said there has been a significant growth in private educational institutions in Australia in recent years. These institutes get students through their India-based agents, who do not provide correct information and the students discover after landing here that they have been cheated.

“Many of the students do not have money to support them. They work extra time at different places and get exposed to criminal elements at night while returning home,” Sharma said.

The flow of Indian students here has increased by 164 per cent in 2007 over 2006 while it rose by 94 per cent in 2008 over the previous year. At present, nearly 97,000 Indian students are pursuing higher education in Australia.

Nearly 50 per cent of these Indian students are studying at the private Vocational Educational Training (VET) colleges.

“Unfortunately, the entire thing is linked to migration. People pay 20,000 Australian dollars for courses like hair- dressing in private institutes. They do so on the advice of agents who tell them that they would get permanent residency in Australia as that particular course is regarded as a high -skilled subject,” Sharma said.

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Education debacle to cost us badly

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AUSTRALIA risks killing the goose that laid the golden egg. By failing to act decisively to protect the welfare and interests of overseas students, federal and state education authorities have allowed a debacle in the vocational training sector to tarnish the entire university system.

Reputation is just about all a university has in the increasingly globalised higher education market. And the Australian system, which reels in overseas students who contribute an estimated

$15.5 billion to the economy, was regarded as a provider of reliable, if not top-shelf, tuition in a safe destination. No longer.

Between 2007 and this year, Indian university students enrolled here grew from 20,342 to 22,033 — a modest rise. Indian enrolments in the vocational sector erupted from 14,893 to 51,990.

With the exception of bottom-feeders such as Central Queensland University, which allowed overseas enrolments to grow comparably to the vocational colleges, the university system has taken its responsibilities seriously. This crisis was not, by and large, of its making, yet it will share the pain.

The bad press about Australia’s overseas student program — unscrupulous agents, violence, predatorial campuses — will doubtless dampen demand for vocational courses acting as immigration conduits. No bad thing; growth of that order was unsustainable.

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We will be ‘ruthless’ with fake education agents: Krishna

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Amid reports that scores of Indian students were among those duped in a massive education scam in Australia, India on Saturday said it would be “ruthless” with the rogue agents who took gullible youth for a ride.

The Indian government would go after the unscrupulous education agents in the country as part of its effort to control the student crisis, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna said in response to a question at a press conference here.

The Minister, who is on a five-day visit here, said he would deal with the agents issue separately with the Human Resource Development Ministry.

His comments came as reports here said a number of migration and education agents were “duping” foreign students, including Indians, in Australia and were also offering “fake” work experience certificates. Recently the Australian federal police raided the office of a Sydney-based Indian migration agent after ABC News claimed that he was involved in a “scam of exploiting foreign students.”

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Oz ‘racism’ and the ugly Indian student

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Mobility of education services is one of the most positive by-products of globalization. There is no better example of this than Australia, which with just 21mn people has transformed itself into a mass exporter of education.

Australia opened its doors to foreign students roughly 15 years ago. More than 94,000 Indians study here, amidst an overwhelmingly Anglo-Saxon population with different values. The cultural fault-lines are now beginning to show.

The recent spate of attacks on Indian students cannot be explained by any one factor – outright racism, socio-economic competition or criminal opportunism. But one fact is uncontestable. Seduced by claimed commonalities such as cricket and the English language, Australia was unprepared for what it has wrought with the very best of (commercial) intentions in the Indian market.

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