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Edition 567, 18 August 2014

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Minister assures her help to private colleges

Monday, August 18 2014

CANBERRA, JULY 18.  Indian Voice took an initiative to facilitate a meeting between the representatives of private colleges and the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Michaelia Cash.

The delegation met the Minister in the Parliament House in Canberra today, which was coincidentally Ms Cash's birthday too.  Congratulations!

The spokesperson of the day, Mr Gurdeep Dhillon, CEO of the Australian Institute of Technical Training, explained the Minister about the side-effects of the Streamline Visa Processing (SVP) arrangement, although it would have been introduced with good intentions.   He said, the immigration agents were advising overseas students not to apply for admissions in the colleges which have no SVP status, with a fear of their visas being delayed or refused by the Australian missions abroad.  As a result, non-SVP colleges were struggling to recruit or bring students from overseas although they were empowered with the same CRICOS which the  other universities and colleges with SVP status have', Mr Dhillon added.  In a nutshell, almost each and every representative was given the opportunity to talk about the difficulties they were facing in their respective colleges.

Indian Voice, in association with Thornbury Theatre, also took this opportunity to personally invite the Minister to come to Melbourne and meet the bigger crowd of players in the industry, listen to their concerns in more details and help them with meaningful solutions.

The Minister was kind enough to accept the invitation and she agreed to attend the Dinner/Forum on Friday 29 August 2014 at Thornbury Theatre.

From left (standing row): Faisal Rana (Pacific International College); Intaj Khan (Western Institute of Technology); Sukhmeet Singh Ahuja (Angad Australian Institute of Technology); Sandeep Sidhu (Australian Institute of Technical Training); Lyndon Reeks (MCIE Training Solutions); Aakash Kumar (Australian College of Trade); Gurdeep Dhillon (Australian Institute of Technical Training); Jaswinder Singh (Australian National College);  Zain Shah (Austwide Institute of Training); Raj Dudeja (Indian Voice); Sukhinder Gill (Victorian Institute of Culinary Arts and Technology); Ken Betts (Technical Education Australia); Joseph Beasley (Australian Institute of Technical Training); Tejinder Kalra (Global Link Migration Services); Rajesh Kumar (Technical Institute of Victoria).  AND (sitting row): Aloke Kumar (The Thornbury Theatre); Kevin Gujral (Ashton College); Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women; Amita Gill (Victorian Institute of Culinary Arts and Technology); and Sandra Beasley (Australian Institute of Technical Training) at Parliament House, Canberra on Friday 18 July 2014.


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