Australian Universities eager to meet Krishna


Krishna will be in Australia from August 6-10. His visit comes after a spate of attacks on Indian students and a major scam in the education sector leading to the collapse of several training colleges.
Universities Australia CEO Glenn Withers today told ABC radio as some campuses are already recording a drop in demand for places because recent Indian media coverage has not differentiated between the heavily-regulated university sector and privately-run colleges.
Withers said the universities want to directly lobby Krishna during his visit and tell him what is being done.
"That the issues are important and are being addressed ... And for him to see for himself the way we operate so that he knows that some of the media attention has got this out of proportion and Indian students are indeed very welcome."
He said India is a key international education market and the recent fall in interest for tertiary places is being treated seriously.
"And to explain a 10-point plan that we've put forward to ensure that quality's maintained and improved," he said.

"We did want to meet with him to make very clear the quality of the offerings that are available in Australian universities, our longstanding commitment to guidelines and support for international students," Withers said.
Some 95,000 Indians are studying in Australia, making them the second largest foreign community in the country, only after the Chinese.
The recent incidences of attacks on Indians and irregularities in several private colleges have been given wide coverage in the Indian media.
As many as 22 Indians were attacked in a span of a month in Australia triggering adverse reactions and raising alarm back home.

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