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Canada opens doors for Indian studentsAditya Ghosh

Indian students aspiring for higher studies abroad have something to cheer about in the environment of global meltdown and shrinking funding opportunities.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2009 15:51 IST

Indian students aspiring for higher studies abroad have something to cheer about in the environment of global meltdown and shrinking funding opportunities. Canada is looking to increase intake of Indian students and will make it easier for them to get residency rights while they are in Canada. Different universities will have their own bursaries for the students.

“We currently have about 6,000 Indian students but have much better capacity. One of the problems was residency which students had to apply from their home countries after completing education. Now we are changing that rule to allow students to apply while in Canada,” said Jason Kenney, Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Despite the global slowdown, some regions in Canada were experiencing growth, which needed labour support, he said. “We have identified 38 professions where we will encourage immigration,” he added.

The high commission in New Delhi will now organise two-day seminars on regular intervals for guiding people about the process and requirements, for applicants and their children.

The country is also looking at issuing temporary work permits to skilled workers. “We are also trying to start trade offices in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kolkata to boost business. “We are also trying to issue business visas within 24 hours with 100 per cent success,” Kennedy said.