Above: Thousands of Indian students and supporters hold up placardsat a rally in Melbourne in 2009 as Australia scrambles to containoutrage over a wave of attacks that has seen it labelled racist. Back in 2009 and 2010, students from India in Australia werevictims of a spate of attacks, perceived to be racially motivated.This led to a drastic fall in the number of Indian students movingto that country for studies. However, with cases of violence having declined in the past twoyears, Indians are once again looking south in pursuit ofeducation. According to an Australian Immigration Department report, Indianstudents top the list of visas granted in Australia. Overall,284,152 international students were granted visas in the firstthree quarters of the Australian financial year ending March 31.This figure represents an increase of 4.5 per cent compared withthe same period in 2010-11. Custom Cell Phone Hard Cases
In 2011-12 until March 31, of all student visas granted, 19.5 percent were to Chinese nationals while 14 per cent were Indiannationals. Indian numbers jumped 43 per cent, compared with theprevious year, to reach 27,500. Half of the Indian students who go to the country head foruniversities in Melbourne, Victoria. Victoria’s premier Ted Baillieu told the Daily News & Analysisthat the growth in the number of students from India was the resultof sustained government intervention and community programmes.Speaking during the launch of the Indian Film Festival in Melbournerecently, he added: “We will continue to engage Indiapositively.” Violence against Indian students in Australia had strainedrelations between the two countries in recent years. In 2009,25-year-old Ranjodh Singh was burnt and killed in Griffith, NewSouth Wales, where he went to pick pumpkins. Cell Phone Leather Pouches
This was followed bythe murder of 21-year-old student Nitin Garg in 2010 in Melbourne.The accounting student at Central Queensland University’s Melbournecampus was stabbed to death by a 15-year-old in a park. However, the Australian government’s initiative and measures seemsto have helped as Australia is once again being perceived as”safe” for Indian students. Australia’s minister for immigration and citizenship Chris Bowenvisited India recently and admitted that migration aids in buildingties between Australia and India. Mr Bowen met a number of seniorIndian ministers including union minister for home affairsP.Chidambaram and union minister for Human Resource Development atthe Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry KapilSibal on May 2. During his trip he highlighted that Indian studentsare “less likely to be attacked in Australia” than thelocals. Bling Bling Iphone 4 Cases
The Indian government too acknowledged that attacks against Indiansin Australia have declined. Minister of state for human resourcedevelopment D. Purandeswari recently said in the Rajya Sabha:”There have been instances over the past three years whereinIndian students in Australia were attacked. The number of attackson Indian students in Australia has shown a sharp decrease in 2011as compared to the previous two years.” A Melbourne-based migration and education consultant Jag Khairratold the Indo-Asian News Service that the Australian government hadworked hard to address fears about attacks on Indian students. Healso added that recent changes in visa application process made iteasier for Indian students to come to the country to study.
There were approximately 345,000 international student visa-holders in Australia as of March 31.