Students going down under to Oz going down

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Melbourne, Oct 13: According to an international educational recruiter, the country may witness about a 50 per cent drop in Indian students in the next session.

IDP Education chief executive Tony Pollock said, "In our India offices we're expecting our 2010 February intake to be down by about 50 per cent."

IDP which works with 400 institutions across Australia and takes in 35,000 students released a survey today conducted on over 6,000 students from eight countries including 1,100 students from India, ABC report said.

Pollock noted that the drop in numbers might be entirely due to safety and security issues, global slow down could also be a reason.

"We have the GFC [global financial crisis], which has obviously impacted upon families in India and that's evident by the fact that the applications for other countries are way down, particularly the United States," he added.

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