Council for safety of Indian students Down Under

Speaking after an interaction with Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali here on Monday, McCarthy said that the council will also include the Indian Prime Minister along with other crucial stakeholders. The council is aimed at looking into all the aspects of international students residing in other countries.

The Australian government and the  Law and Order Department have initiated stringent measures to ensure safety of the students.

Mccarthy said, “The Australian government is closely working with its state authorities to ensure the safety of international students and to bring the perpetrators to justice”.

Higher Education Minister  Aravind Limbavali said, “Many Karnataka students are terrified by the recent attacks in Australia, and it has affected students pursuing studies in universities. The Australian High Commissioner has admitted that the attacks have taken place in private institutions where students are vulnerable to different kinds of atrocities.
The Commissioner has stated that protection has been provided to all international students in government universities.”

Talks on collaboration of libraries of Australian and Karnataka universities have also been initiated, the minister said. “We have put forth a proposal for an exchange of academic information between the libraries of Australia and Karnataka universities, for the benefit of research scholars and students,” he added.

Diplomat meets CM

Australian High Commissioner to India John McCarthy and country’s Consul General for South India Aminur Rahman on Monday called on Chief Minister Yeddyurappa and assured him that all steps are being taken to ensure the security of Indian students there.

McCarthy briefed Yeddyurappa about the steps being taken to maintain law and order in his country, and to ensure the best of counselling and monitoring for Indian students.

The CM on his part expressed serious concern over the recent attacks and said “The cause of attack, whether racial or otherwise, needs to be condemned by everyone.

Yeddyurappa also said it was a matter of satisfaction that the issue is being appropriately handled by the Australian authorities, and welcomed the Australian Government’s move of sending a delegation to Indian states, including Karnataka.

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