Lured by the quality of education at a comparatively low cost coupled with temporary work visa and permanent residency offer, Indian students are making a beeline for Australian colleges and universities to pursue higher education.
Close to 18,000 students got themselves enrolled in Australian universities last year, which is expected to go up by 45 to 55 per cent this year, according to IDP India Director Henry Ledlie.
IDP India is the local arm of IDP Education in Australia, a global company offering student recruiting and testing services around the globe on behalf of 39 Australian Universities which fund it.
Currently around 30,000 students from India are studying at various Australian colleges and universities, he said.
"Just 10 years back, the number was only 275-300," Ledlie told PTI here today.
He said that post-graduate courses attract almost 62 per cent students from India, 25-28 per cent are under-graduates and the rest pursue vocational and technical courses.
Ledlie said students from Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra are most in numbers.
IDP India has seven offices across India and it is doubling the number this month itself by openning up offices in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Gurgaon, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Baroda and Kochi.
It has no presence in Eastern India. "By the end of the year, we will have presence in Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal and Indore," he added.