Australia to give detailed report to India on action taken against perpetrators

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New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): In an attempt to promote Australia as a safe education destination for international students, Victoria Premier John Brumby has assured Indian Government that a detailed follow up report will be given on the action taken against the perpetrators of recent attacks on Indian students in Australia.

Inviting Indian students to study in Australia, he said Australia in general and Victoria in particular boasts of some of the best universities in the world.

He also informed about the scholarship programme initiated for international students in Australia of which inaugural scholarships would be given to four Indian students.

Premier Brumby, who is also Minister for Multicultural Affairs, said that the Australian government is committed to the safety of international students in Australia.

He said the Australian government has taken a number of initiatives to promote security of international students such as opening up of 24 hour student care centre, strengthening of laws against racially motivated crimes among others.

Brumby was speaking at the Session on "Building Relationships through education", organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), here today.

He announced the Victorian Government would award five Victorian and five Indian undergraduate and high-level vocational education training students 10,000 Australian dollars scholarships in 2009, as part of a new International Exchange Scholarship program.

Expressing deep interest to partner India in the education sector, Brumby called for building greater partnerships between Indian and Australian Universities.

"Collaboration in Science and Technology, technical and professional education were among the other major areas for cooperation between India and Australia," he said.

ustralian High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese, said greater cooperation in education sector, is central to greater bilateral partnership between India and Australia.

He said as the clout of India in global economy increases, the complementarities between the two countries would also grow. (ANI)

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