Govt to formulate policy to check 'study abroad agents'

Patiala: Government is considering formulating a policy to check the mushrooming growth of educational agents, who lure students to study abroad without proper verification of colleges.

There is no check on the 'study-abroad educational agents' in the country and the government will soon come out with a policy on this, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur has said.

The statement came in the backdrop of sudden closure of a number of private colleges in Australia which left many Indian students in lurch.

"Around 2,000 agents have been working in Punjab and they have taken e-visa facility from colleges in Australia and other countries," she told reporters here last night.

The minister also expressed concern about the closure of about ten colleges in Australia creating trouble for students, many of them being from Punjab.

Four more private colleges in Australia were closed down recently.

Bureau Report