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Indian students threaten stir against Aussie varsity

Indian students in Central Queensland University are threatening to protest against authorities for offering inadequate facilities and treating them as 'cash cows'.

india Updated: May 19, 2007 17:39 IST

Indian students have threatened a stir against the Melbourne campus of Central Queensland University, accusing authorities of offering inadequate facilities.

The university has more Indian students enrolled here than from any other country.

A student, who did not wish to be named, said on Friday that the university had changed the way students were able to prepare for exams in several subjects leading to high depression and hopelessness among pupils in the lead-up to final exams in June, media reports.

For many, the June exams will be the last of their degrees. She said the changes, including less exam advice, fewer multiple-choice questions, fewer sample questions and fewer chapter lists from recommended textbooks, meant more students would fail and therefore re-enrol.

"This place is hell on Earth. They keep putting up platforms to fail more students," she was quoted as saying.

In March, 60 Indian students sat on a hunger strike claiming that they would have to pay thousands more to finish their degrees after being examined on material they were not taught, leading to a very high failure rate.

Since last year, the students have been protesting against inadequate facilities and have accused the university authorities of treating them as 'cash cows'.

Most students pay about USD7000 per semester and are often enrolled directly by agents in India.

However, university spokesman refuted all the allegations.