India issues advisory for Indian students over recruitment scams in Canada
Concerned over some of its students being duped by recruitment agents to secure admission in educational institutions with dubious track records in Canada, India has cautioned its citizens to verify the credentials of the universities there before enrolling. Talking about this matter, India’s High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma said Indian students get “defrauded” in Canada. “This a major issue we have to take a look at,” he said.
Highlighting the issue late Thursday in Ottawa, Verma said due to “factually incorrect narratives are doing the rounds in India”, “impressionable” students coming from India get “duped.” He urged the community to flag such institutions, so that prospective students can be warned in advance against joining them.
The Indian diplomat was talking to the media after a series of incidents of fraud found after many Indian students were cheated by the recruiting and admission-providing agencies in Canada. The issue, especially recruiters working on behalf of such private colleges, has been flagged in recent months, with several Indian students facing problems in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Reports said the recruitment agents promise permanent residency to the gullible students after they pass out from Canadian institutions.
This was also the conclusion of an investigation conducted by CBC News in October, which noted that “lured by the promise of a post-secondary education and a chance to build a life here, thousands of foreign students are coming every year and arriving to find what they were promised and what their families paid for often isn’t what awaits them”.
Verma said Canada offered “real educational opportunities”, pointing to the nearly 240,000 Indian students currently in the country, but warned against the negative impact of recruitment agents. He called upon the community to flag such institutions, so that prospective students can be warned in advance against joining them.
He said that due to “factually incorrect narratives doing the rounds in India”, “impressionable” students coming from India get “duped.”
Recently, Ravi Jain, co-founder of the Canadian Immigration Lawyers’ Association spoke to the media about such dubious recruiters promising an easy path to permanent residency to students. “Promises are being made that these students will be able to graduate and become permanent residents quite easily but again if you look at the number of international students coming in and the programme that typically services them, which is the Canadian Experience Class, there simply is not the room to be able to accommodate all of them,” he said.
Currently, more than 2,40,000 Indian students are in Canada, studying at various institutions.
 Concern over Indian students being defrauded in Canada: High Commissioner – Dec 30, 2022, HT
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Instead of running warning / caution / advisory notes, better to post actual life stories so that people learn from it. Indian govt is clueless & directionless advisory notes. Indian govt has gone nuts.