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Dec 18, 2012

Closure of Vocational Colleges in Australia to Impact 500 Indian Students

Recently Australia has decided to close down the following three vocational colleges for non-compliance with training standards:- 

(i) The Ashmark Group Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Victoria

(ii) G Plus G Global Trading Pty Ltd. in Melbourne, Victoria

(iii) Ivy Group in New South Wales

This will impact more than 500 Indian students. The Government has taken up the matter with the Australian Government at the appropriate level as well as through the High Commission of India in Australia. The Australian Government has announced that the Indian Students affected by the closure of these colleges would be able to avail of the Australian Government’s Tuition Protection Scheme (TPS), which seeks to place affected students in an alternate course or refund any unspent pre-paid tuition fees to the students.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.