Australian Varsities

Australian Varsities Back Special Visas To Indian Researchers

The Group of Eight (Go8), which comprises eight Australian Varsities, has advocated relaxed visa norms between Australia and India for students seeking to do Ph.D in either country. The group also recommended to the Australian government to establish a “special class of visa for researchers and Ph.D graduates”.

WHY THE NEED

Director of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Devang Khakhar, spoke of the need for Ph.D holders in India to fulfil the burgeoning requirement of faculties in education institutions.

“There is a great need of Ph.Ds as the number of institutes of learning have increased in India and these would be needing faculty members,” Mr Khakhar, one of the members of the team which wrote the rep

Mr Khakhar later told IANS that IIT Bombay has been running a joint Ph.D programme with the Monash University of Australia for 11 years and from this year on it will invite Australian students to do their Ph.Ds here. Earlier, only Indian students were benefiting from the joint Ph.D programme.

THE BACKDROP OF THE MOVE

According to the numbers cited in the report, by 2016 a total of 1,093 Indian students were enrolled in Ph.D. in Australia — a number which has increased by over 60 per cent since 2006. However, the report mentioned the number of Ph.D students formed only a small part of the entire Indian student body. On the other hand, as per the 2015-16 Human Resource Development Ministry’s report, only one candidate from Australia was enrolled in a Ph.D programme in India.

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