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Australia keen to set up centres for vocational courses in India

The Australian government is planning to help set up centres in India offering vocational education that use curriculum from Australia. The Australian High Commissioner Peter Varghese however said that he would prefer to have Indian students in Australian universities for post-graduate courses.

Varghese said his government is keen to help introduce short vocational courses in different parts of India for Indian students.

“Many foreign students were taking less-than-one-year courses such as hair-dressing, cooking and baking, with some of them using their educational visas to stay on and get residence permits in the country. We have tried to separate education pathway to migration. The focus is now on Indian students at university level,” said Vargehese.

He said that there are around one lakh Indian students in Australia, mostly from Gujarat, Delhi and Hyderabad, and a majority of them enrol with private service providers for vocational courses (from pastry-making to hair-dressing) for attaining permanent residency.

The High Commissioner said Australia has in fact already commissioned a feasibility study on setting up an institute for mining in India, one reason being the natural resources-dependent Australia economy is facing a shortage of workers in the sector. Another reason is the potential of Australia and India tying up further in the natural resources industry.

Although he said it is too early to comment on the location of the institute.

[Sources: Indian Express]

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