Government to establish data bank on Indian students overseas

June 1st, 2009 - 6:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Nedumbassery (Kerala), June 1 (ANI): Union Minister for Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi today said that the Government is planning to formulate a data bank on students seeking admissions abroad.

Taking to reporters here, Ravi said, ” The Ministry of Overseas Affairs, with the help of Indian missions, will prepare the data, as part of measures to prevent attacks on Indian students in foreign countries.

Condemning the attack on Indian students in Australia, he said, the data bank would include details on the total number of Indian students in a country, where they stay and job conditions of the part time employed students.

He said the presence of racist elements could be confirmed only after receiving the detail report, as a primary report from the High Commission was just a statement of the incident.

The attacks have been occurring for more than a year but came into focus last weekend when a student named Sravan Kumar Theerthala was left fighting for his life after being stabbed with a screwdriver.

Australian Police have repeatedly denied that racial hatred was a factor in the attacks by contending that Indian students were often simply in the wrong time at the wrong place as they travelled home late at night with items such as mobile phones and IPods. (ANI)

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