Unease is growing among thousands of Indian students that they could lose their college berths as Australian authorities crack down after an expose that most of these institutions are “very much sub-standard”.
Students’ group claimed that more than 1000 international students, mainly Indians, were already in a limbo as a number of colleges where they were enrolled in had closed down and the number could go up as high as 5000.
Conceding that some of the institutions that have sprung up to meet the booming demand were “very much sub-standard”, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Jullia Gillard today sought to allay the unease, assuring the students that in case of the closure of their colleges they would be shifted to other establishments or their fees refunded.
“We have a comprehensive safety net for international students. If they are enrolled at a college that closes, then we have a guarantee that we will find them a comparable place at another provider, or if that is not possible, then their fees will be refunded,” she said.
The government has intensified action on the educational institutions after the TV expose which has damaged $17 billion education industry -- which is Australia’s third largest export earner.