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Australia rejects visa of student who cleared PSEB

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Indian students, particularly from Punjab, for a very long time have been interested in studying in Australia on the basis of student visa.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has started refusing student visa applications of Indians who have recently completed their Class XII from schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).

An Indian student who had applied for a "vocational education and training sector” (subclass 572) visa received a rejection letter sent by the department.

The letter said that the "education and examinations conducted through the PSEB are not listed as equivalent to an Australian Grade 12 qualification under the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guidelines (AEI-NOOSR)".

The Times of India, which is in possession of the letter sent by a visa officer of the department posted at the Australian high commission in New Delhi has withheld the boy's name.

The letter further reads - "As such, I am not satisfied that your current educational background is that you have completed the equivalent of an Australia Grade 12 qualification".

Indian students, particularly from Punjab, for a very long time have been interested in studying in Australia on the basis of student visa.

Daljit Singh Cheema, Education Minister in the Punjab government has convened a meeting of senior officers to discuss this issue immediately.

He also plans to take up the matter with the Union ministries of External Affairs and the Human Resource Development.

Cheema said - "PSEB is one of the best boards in the country. Till date, thousands of students who have passed from PSEB are studying in different parts of the world and excelling in their respective fields. The board is strictly following the National Curriculum Framework - 2005 and is a member of the Council of Board of Secondary Education (COBSE)".

Cheema added if any student of the Board faces any difficulty regarding visa, then he should immediately bring the matter to the notice of the chairperson of the board.

Source The Times of India