India has expressed worry about the number of its students who are "defrauded" in Canada by recruiters who persuade them to enrol in private universities.
Ottawa: India has expressed worry about the number of its students who are “defrauded” in Canada by recruiters who persuade them to enrol in private universities with questionable track records.
Sanjay Kumar Verma, India’s new high commissioner to Ottawa, told reporters on Thursday: “That’s a significant issue we have to look at.”
Verma urged the community to mark these institutions so that prospective students can be informed not to join such institutions.
He claimed that “impressionable” students arriving from India are “duped” as a result of “factually inaccurate stories doing the rounds in India.”
The problem, particularly for recruiters working for such private universities, has come to light recently after numerous Indian students encountered difficulties in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Verma urged the community to “communicate correct information with our students before they are recruited.” This way, students can check the credentials of the universities they are seeking to join carefully.
Regarding other consular issues, Verma stated that although the Canadian e-visa programme had been resumed this month, there was no timetable for renewing the ten-year multiple entry tourist visa programme, which had been suspended following the COVID outbreak in the spring of 2020.
In response to the huge backlog in Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card issuance, he cited the skyrocketing number of applications, which increased to 49,000 in November alone, compared to 26,000 in the same month last year.