After the recent visit of the Immigration Minister of Australia, Chris Evans, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, is now expected to visit India at the end of this month. This visit aims to express her concern over the recent racial attacks in Australia that victimized Indian students and reinvigorate bilateral ties, better than before.
Departure of Gillard, who is also Australia’s Education Minister, will be held on August 30 for a five-day tour that comprise in her visit to Chennai and Delhi. Prior to her visit, Gillard talked about commitment of the Australian Government to strengthen the long-term relationship between the two countries in a strategic way.
The visit will be utilized by Gillard to promote recent efforts of the Australian government to enhance education quality for international students along with re-registration of the Australian education providers, reports “The Australian.”
The Australian government also released a review about its sector of international education that includes laws that govern student visas. Bruce Baird, former federal Liberal MP, did the review after the recent assaults endured by Indian students in Australia that also bought into light a few claims by students, who mentioned that private education institutions targeted them in a scam.
During her trip to India, Gillard plans to visit several educational institutes and meet students who have completed their studies in Australia, previously. Also on her list are meeting with Kapil Sibal, Minister for Human Resource Development, along with various government officials.
Gillard’s visit is believed to pave way for the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd’s upcoming tour to India. Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope that Gillard’s tour proves to be a huge success.