Indian Students Banned: A recent report has highlighted a concerning trend, with one in four applications from Indian students now being labelled as “fraudulent” or “non-genuine” by the Department of Home Affairs. In response to this rise in fraudulent visa applications, Federation University in Victoria and Western Sydney University in New South Wales have individually announced bans on student intake from specific Indian states. These bans specifically target students from Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The timing of these bans coincides with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia, during which a large community event for the Indian diaspora was scheduled in Sydney. Federation University expressed concern over the increasing number of visa applications being rejected from certain Indian regions. While initially hoping for a short-term issue, it has become evident that a worrisome trend is emerging.
Similarly, Western Sydney University informed its agents that they would no longer recruit students from Punjab, Haryana, and Gujarat. This decision was influenced by the significant dropout rate among Indian students who had commenced courses in 2022.
Indian Students Banned: A letter from the university emphasized that Punjab, Haryana, and Gujarat were identified as regions presenting the highest risk of attrition. Due to the urgency of the situation, recruitment from these regions has been immediately paused.
Reports from renowned Australian educational institutions, including Victoria University, Edith Cowan University, the University of Wollongong, Torrens University, and affiliated agents of Southern Cross University, have also indicated a notable increase in scrutiny regarding Indian students’ applications.
This situation raises concerns about the integrity of the visa application process and the need for stricter measures to combat fraudulent practices. It is essential for educational institutions and government authorities to work together to ensure the credibility of student applications while maintaining the inclusivity and diversity that international students bring to the Australian education system.