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Building Bridges

by C. Jayanthi

In a major initiative to promote Australia as a safe education destination for international students, Mr  John Brumby MP, Premier of Victoria and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Government of Victoria, Australia, has said, the Australian government is committed to the safety of international students in Australia. He said education was central to the bilateral relations between India and Australia.


He said the Australian government has taken a number of initiatives to promote security of international students such as opening up of 24 hour student care centre, strengthening of laws against racially motivated crimes among others. Australian Government to submit a detailed report on action taken against the perpetrators

Mr. Brumby was speaking at the Session on “Building Relationships through education”, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here today. The Australian Government will soon submit a detailed follow up report on the action taken against the perpetrators of recent attacks on Indian students in Australia, he informed.

Inviting Indian students to study in Australia, he said Australia in general and Victoria in particular boasts of some of the best universities in the World. He sid the scholarship programme initiated for international students in Australia, of which inaugural scholarships would be given to four Indian students.

Mr Brumby announced the Victorian Government would award five Victorian and five Indian undergraduate and high-level vocational education training students AUD$10,000 scholarships in 2009, as part of a new International Exchange Scholarship program.

Expressing deep interest to partner India in the education sector. He called for building greater partnerships between Indian and Australian Universities. Collaboration in Science and Technology, technical and professional education were among the other major areas for cooperation between India and Australia, opined Mr. Brumby.

Ms  Jacinta Allan  MP, Minister of Skills and Workforce Participation and  Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Government of Victoria, Australia said, Australia welcomes Indian students and is committed to help them to achieve their ambitions. She said, her government is working to make the stay of international students in Australia a memorable experience. She however, added that unscrupulous education agents in India who give misleading information to Indian students, was hurting the reputation of Australia as an education destination.

 Mr. Peter Varghese, Australian High Commissioner  said greater cooperation in education sector, is central to greater bilateral partnership between India and Australia. He said as the clout of India in global economy increases, the complementarities between the two countries would also grow.

Earlier, Mr. P Rajendran, Director & COO NIIT Ltd, said the bilateral relationship between India and Australia has grown enormously in last few years. He said currently Australia earns $ 2 billion by exporting educational services.

 He said India is among the major trade partners for Australia and added that service sectors like education, health, tourism could take the bilateral relationship between the two countries to a new level.

Dr. Y S Rajan, Principal Adviser, Confederation of Indian Industry, in his closing remarks said, all the small steps taken by both India and Australia to boost bilateral ties were welcome. He said all these small steps will lead to big results in the long run.