Two more Australia universities 'ban' Indian students: Everything you need to know
PTC Web Desk: Amid an increase in fraudulent visa applications, two more Australian universities — Federation University in Victoria and Western Sydney University in New South Wales — have banned the intake of students from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh as well as the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, say reports.
In a communication sent to education agents, Federation University in Victoria and Western Sydney University in New South Wales asked them to no longer take students from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, 'The Sydney Morning Herald' reported.
It comes even as PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart in Sydney, Australia. PM Modi, in his key address to the Indian diaspora at a community event during his Sydney visit, highlighted "Mutual Trust and Mutual Respect" are the foundation of the close historical ties between India and Australia.
Also, both India and Australia signed the migration and mobility partnership arrangement to promote exchange of students, graduates, researchers and business people.
"The university has observed a significant increase in the proportion of visa applications being refused from some Indian regions by the Department of Home Affairs," the Federation University's letter to agents said.
"We hoped this would prove to be a short-term issue (but) it is now clear there is a trend emerging," the letter, published in The Herald, read.
Earlier, Australian universities, including Victoria University, Edith Cowan University, Torrens University, and Southern Cross University had put restriction on students from some Indian states amid fraudulent applications seeking to work, and not study, in the country.
- With inputs from agencies