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Indian students' number in Aus continues to climb

chandigarh Updated: Jan 20, 2014 19:09 IST
Vanita Srivastava
Vanita Srivastava
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There has been a sharp increase in the number of Indians applying for student visas to Australia, according to the latest student visa programme quarterly report.


The latest immigration figures show 4,148 Indians made offshore applications for student visas between July and September last year - more than double the figure for the same period in 2012.

More than 90% of Indians who applied for student visas were successful, compared with 74% in 2012.
Welcoming this development, Australia's high commissioner to India Patrick Suckling said: "These figures show that an increasing number of Indian students are being drawn to Australia's world class higher education system."

"Australia welcomes Indian students, who make a vital contribution to both academic life and the communities in which they live.

The figures also show that "far fewer Indian students are being refused visas, and that recent changes designed to enhance the competitiveness and integrity of Australia's international education sector are working."

The student visa programme quarterly report also demonstrates that Australian government officials are dealing effectively with the increased demand.

As high as 75% of offshore applications by Indians were processed within 29 days, and 50% were processed within 20 days.

More than 10% of all student visas granted in the three-month period went to Indian nationals. India remains the largest source of overseas students in Australia after China.

"Australia provides an academic environment that has been internationally recognised as secure, culturally diverse and intellectually rewarding," Suckling said.

"It's clear that Indian students agree and they are voting with their feet," he added.