The Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar recently had detailed discussions with his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne, at the India-Australia 2+2 ministerial meeting. The discussion was regarding the return of Indian students to Australian universities for pursuing their higher studies. The latter stated that she wants to welcome the much-loved Indian students back to the country at the earliest.

She also said that the Australian government is following the modelling provided by Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. The modelling suggests a four-phase pathway for responding to the pandemic with the relevant restrictions in place. It will drive a decision on reopening after vaccinating its citizens to a certain level. Once it happens, international students will be allowed to return to Australian campuses in phase 3 and phase 4.  

Jaishakar stated that the problems of international students planning to join foreign universities or return to complete their courses are not confined to Australia alone. They extend to countries like the US and Canada as well. He said that issues with the American authorities have been resolved to some extent, but some still persist with the Canadian government. The minister also added that the Centre taking the issues related to higher education in foreign countries on high priority.

According to Jaishankar, the frustrations of students and their parents are understandable as they want to be back in the universities to resume their studies. Australian foreign minister conveyed the intention to bring the Indian students back as soon as possible. She said that travel restrictions have taken a toll on everyone, even on Australians themselves. The country looks forward to offering on-campus and in-country experiences to international students once again.

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