`Oz: Attacks on Indian students declined sharply`

Last Updated: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 19:03

New Delhi: There was no evidence to suggest that attacks on Indian students in foreign countries were increasing, the government on Friday said, adding that such incidents had shown a "sharp" decline in Australia in 2011 compared to previous two years.

This was stated in Rajya Sabha by Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari in response to a question.

During 2010-12, three incidents of attack on Indian students have been reported by the High Commission of India in London and four incidents of attack on Indian students have been reported from the United States, Purandeswari said.

"There have been instances over the past three years wherein Indian students in Australia were attacked. The number of attacks on Indian students in Australia has shown a sharp decrease in 2011 as compared to previous two years," Purandeswari said.

While responding to another question in Parliament, the minister said 39 of the country`s universities had an unspent amount of over Rs 766 crore from grants given to them as on January 31, 2012.

PTI



First Published: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 17:23

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