The Association of Australian Education Representatives in India (AAERI) has drawn up an eight-point action plan to ensure a conducive environment for Indian students planning to study in Australia in view of the reports of Indian students being attacked in Australia.

This is an effort to protect Indian students opting to study in Australia and ensure that only genuine students go to Australia in future and eliminate education agents who are indulging in fraudulent activities and misguiding students, said Gulshan Kumar Pathania, president, Association of Australian Education Representatives in India.

Working closely

He said working closely with Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australia Education International and Australian High Commissioner on modules, which will serve as guiding principles for Indian students planning to study in Australia, are high on the agenda.

Other activities

The other planned activities include feeding intelligence on fraudulent practices of agents to the Australian government bodies, strongly advocating for interviews of students opting for vocational courses, working closely with Indian community in Australia to understand the ground situation, strengthening Association of Australian Education Representatives in India’s disciplinary committee and working closely with authorities in India and Australia to act on substantiated complaints from students immediately.

Visa training

He said conducting visa training workshops for AAERI members across India, undertaking regular exhaustive audits of AAERI members and encouraging AAERI members to assume greater responsibility in case of conflict of interest between the student and the education provider would also be done seriously. He urged all prospective students to go through AAERI members since they abide by a code of ethics which ensures students are treated honestly and fairly.