India to keep records of students abroad: Vayalar Ravi

June 2nd, 2009 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, June 2 (IANS) Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi Tuesday said his ministry will prepare and maintain a register of all Indians studying abroad and streamline campus placements to foreign universities following a spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia.
“I have already discussed the issue of maintaining a register of all students from our country who study abroad. We are working this out and very soon we will be implementing this,” Vayalar Ravi told reporters at the state Congress headquarters here.

“We have also come to know that certain agents who do campus placements for Indian students in foreign universities are also not doing it in the proper way. We will streamline that area also,” he said.

The minister was in the Kerala capital to attend the funeral of noted poet and writer Kamala Das, who passed away in Pune Sunday.

There have been five attacks on Indian students in less than a month in Australia, of which four assaults took place in Melbourne. Sravan Kumar Theerthala, 25, was stabbed with a screwdriver, Baljinder Singh was robbed and stabbed, Sourabh Sharma, 21, suffered a fractured cheek bone and a broken tooth and Ashish Sood was beaten and hit with a metal object May 30.

In Sydney, hospitality graduate Rajesh Kumar received 30 percent burns after a petrol bomb was hurled through the window of his Harris Park home.

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