Tough times for students planning to study in Australia. The immigration department of Australia 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 recently applied for a vocationa course (subclass 572) received a rejection letter sent by the Australian immigration 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 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”.
Many students from Punjab come to Australia to study here but this may be a big blow to all of those who are yet to apply for a student visa or waiting for approval.
Daljit Singh Cheema, Education Minister in the Punjab government has convened a meeting of senior officers to discuss this issue immediately.
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)”.
He also plans to take up the matter with the Union ministries of External Affairs and the Human Resource Development.