Telugus second largest Indian group on Australian campuses

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Telugu students are the second largest group from India on Australian university campuses, reveals an internal study by Australian education providers based on the number of visa applications. Punjab students make for the biggest group from the country.

A total of 5,161 students from Telangana and 2,299 from Andhra Pradesh have applied for visas this year, according to the study. Punjab region students are said to be 12,644 while those from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh combined are 17,277.

The actual visa issuance was around 80% of applications for Telugu students while that for Punjab students would be lesser than Telugu students, say say education consultants. “The actual figures can’t be revealed as they are yet to be made official,” a consultant says, seeking anonymity.

One reason for higher success rate of visa for Telugu students is higher IELTS scores combined with better academic track record. Mostly, South Indian students with a serious academic bent of mind and good academic credentials apply to foreign universities and that perception carries a bit more weight in official circles, consultants say.

Other States

Interestingly, Gujarati students were perceived to be the second largest group from India after those from Punjab but Telugu students make for more than twice of Gujarat students as per the internal report shared with education consultants dealing with Australian universities. Interestingly, figures from Uttar Pradesh are higher than that of Tamil Nadu.

Rupesh Patel, director of Ahmedabad-based Competitive Careers, feels Telugu students are choosing Australia as there are better chances of them getting into top universities there than in the USA. Traditionally, Telugu students prefer to head to the US, more so since the IT boom.

Niche courses in good varsities may also be another factor. Nishidhar Reddy of Atlas consultants, who specialises in Australian education, says courses like cyber security and business analytics are quite sought-after by students. The government’s pro-active policies in these two niche areas also seem to be contributing to higher applications.

Visa norms

Tough visa norms and tight immigration measures with perceived negativity of employment opportunities in the US also seem to be changing the mindset of Telugu students. Spandana Reddy, who has joined the MS course in Swinburne University, Melbourne, says she chose Australia over USA for various reasons including the opportunity to get into a top university.

Education counsellors also agree that certain incentives given to gain more points for the Permanent Residency (PR) status if students join rural universities other than those in Melbourne and Sydney are a good bait.

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