The government on Monday advised students against taking admissions without doing a thorough check on the background of universities in northern Cyprus.
The advisory came after some Indian students complaining about malpractices by these universities. India mission officials in Nicosia (accredited to Cyprus) are not in a position to visit that area or have any contact with the local authorities due to political factors. Due to this, the external affairs ministry will not be able to help those students facing problems.
Complaints have been received against ‘Cyprus International University (CIU)’ that reportedly asked for additional fee from Indian students after they took admission.
Some students also raised questions about the credibility and recognition of the courses offered by the university.
“In general, students seeking admission in universities and institutes abroad are advised to check the reputation, ranking and background of the institution, and conduct thorough research as to whether the certificate/degree granted by them is internationally recognised, and in particular, in India,” the MEA advisory said.