Australia is a top destination for the students, keen to enroll for various study courses abroad. And every year, a large number of aspirants from all over the world, and this include India, submit application for Student Visas. While many successfully make the cut, several candidates are denied the opportunity on one ground or another.
In a not-too-positive development--from the perspectives of those Indian students who have completed their education from Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) and its associated schools, and who are keen in getting Australia Student Visas—it has been learnt that their applications for pursuing higher education in Oz will not become a reality, as the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will reportedly reject their petitions and not issue them visas
The DIBP has declared that it will not issue visas to such students. As per the DIBP, the education carried out under the PSEB is not registered under the Australian grade 12 qualification according to the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guidelines.
Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, the in-office Punjab education minister, has reportedly called a meeting regarding this subject even as the PSEB has also decided to take up the issue with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).
As per Cheema, the PSEB has given some of the finest students in the nation as well as outside. While the board is rigorously pursuing the National Curriculum Framework (2005), it also happens to be a member of the Council of Board of Secondary Education (COBSE).
In a related development, Tejinder Kaur, the Chairperson of the PSEB, has also reportedly pledged that the issue would be resolved sooner than later.