Some fly-by-night institutions of little value are to blame for the fall in the number of Indian students heading to Australia. The country’s officials in India have, however, said efforts were being made to redress the issue.

“Action has been taken to clean them up,” said Stuart Campbell, Australia’s Deputy Consul-General for South India. Though the number of students going to Australia had fallen, the quality of education had gradually gone up, Mr. Campbell said, adding that Australian institutes were showing interest in tie-ups with premier Indian institutes.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the third edition of the Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD), an global initiative that got underway at Indian School of Business (ISB) here. The four-day conference, being held in Hyderabad and New Delhi, will see 15 youngsters each from Australia and India deliberating on various issues and subjects aimed at fostering partnership between the two nations.

Speaking on making AIYD a sustainable institution, Amitabh Mattoo, Director, Australia-India Institute said, “We have already created the AIYD Alumni network and will support the objectives of the AIYD. We have been able to consistently achieve the objectives and high standards set for AIYD”.

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