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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Master of E-Commerce - Australia

Master of Electronic Commerce
University of Tasmania, Australia
This program will enable students to develop specialist knowledge in electronic business. The degree will be of interest to those students requiring a specialized electronic business degree rather than the more general (and research oriented) Master of Information Systems. The following are the aim of the course: to provide professional, postgraduate level education to existing managers, and those seeking careers as electronic business managers, to provide management of electronic business education which is at the level of world best practice in its currency, applicability and relevance to the IS profession, to provide graduates of the course with knowledge, skills and understanding about, the relationships of electronic business and information technology to organizational needs, current management practice in the development of electronic business systems, their use and associated policy formulation and analysis and the value of research, critical thinking and effective communication in the management of electronic business systems.

Entry Requirements:
Students must have completed a minimum of three-year degree, or combination of degrees and diplomas, from an accredited university, which includes major or sub-major studies in a relevant discipline (e.g. business, commerce, information systems, computing, electronic commerce, accounting, management, marketing, economics, law) or a three-year degree from an accredited university, and at least three years of relevant professional experience for those without a major or sub-major in a relevant discipline.


Role of Education Consultants

Role of Education Agents

Every time we hear stories about doggy college closures abroad, we hear strange stories about “Unscrupulous or Fraud Consultants” operating in India

 The role of education consultants has its own significance and importance. Agents are employed by overseas institutes to guide students with the right advice and protocols. Education agents bridge the gap between the students and institutes abroad. Education agents provide students with accurate and realistic counselling on courses, total finances required for studying abroad including fee, living expenses, insurance etc. Further they provide information on limited number of scholarships, part time employment and availability of this part time work, student visa procedures and policies etc. In fact agents are a great resource to the student aspiring to study abroad as well as the institutes abroad.

The fact is that in India agents are operating in a totally unregulated environment; many agents have no specific expertise and are not a member of any professional organisation.

From the last few months we have seen many articles published about unscrupulous agents in India. Also there were articles published on the behaviors of Indian students abroad. These articles revolved around the unruly and abusive behavior of some newly arrived overseas Indian students abroad, Indian students in UK unable to find jobs were forced to eat in Gurudwaras around South Hall in London, Indians students living abroad have been accused of creating an unpleasant environment by shouting, arrogant behaviour, abusing each other, playing loud music on mobile phones, putting their feet up on seats in local trains and public places; and driving recklessly. In countries like UK, Ireland and Australia the department of Immigration has identified shams and fraud with Indian student’s applications. Last year UK has announced a ban on Indian students from North India, the main issue was that they identified was fraud, doggy institutes and fraud misleading financial papers from majority of the applicants. As a result strict additional checks are being done on all student applications today. Fake loan certificates and financial documents prepared by agents encouraged by doggy institutes abroad also plays a major role in this all.

Many institutes around the world see Indian students as their potential clients. Yes India is growing and the number of Indian students going abroad for the purpose of education has and will be increasing further in the next few years.

As education agents our role is guiding students with the right course, look into their welfare, career counselling and also bridging the gap between the foreign Institute and the students in India. We all know that fact that foreign education will help to transform young talented students from India to world class skilled professionals. We must represent good institutes with a good reputation and experience. Let’s not put our highly talented students in doggy institutes abroad and let’s not get attracted to FREE air tickets, laptops or other attractive incentives or cash backs that these institutes offer. Lets understand that the quality of education in institutes that offer such incentives is hopeless and lets not enouurage this. Let’s not push our students to take up courses offered by these doggy and unethical institutes.

 But it very sad that today many articles and leading news papers  around the world have claimed that this student recruitment industry in India has turned into an industry of shams and scams. Further it is also said that Education agents are involved with thriving black market in sham marriages, forged English language exams, bogus courses and preparation of fake bank certificates.

The main reason for this is the operations of unethical education institutes abroad. It’s these unethical institutes abroad that have given birth to these doggy or unscrupulous agents.

We are all education agents and we are not unscrupulous or doggy. Lets act more cautiously and not involve ourselves with such providers.

Nishidhar Reddy
Atlas Consultants, Hyderabad
Email: nishi@atlasindia.net 

Friday, 3 August 2012

New Zealand Student Visa Requirement

New Zealand Student Visa Application Requirements for Indian Students
Before sending/lodging your visa applications please ensure that you have included all the documentation as mentioned on the checklist below. 

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will require clear certified copies of all documents provided including – the offer letter, educational qualification certificates and work experience certificates.  Immigration New Zealand will keep the original affidavits and bank letters and bank statements for their reference.

The following documents are required to lodge student visa application.  Please note that the order of the documents should be the same as mentioned below.

1.    Student Visa application forms

*INZ 1012
*Supplementary Information Form

2.    Passport or travel document:

Students will need to submit the original passport along with photocopy of all pages at the time of lodging the application. Passports must be valid for 3 months beyond intended date of departure from New Zealand.

3.    Photograph:

2 Recent passport sized photograph (must be less than 6 months old)

4.    Application Fee:

The current student visa fee is Indian Rupees INR 11,100.  The fee must be paid by bank draft drawn at any bank in New Delhi and drawn in the name of “Immigration New Zealand”..

The application fee is not refundable in case your application is not successful. Due to currency fluctuations, fees are subject to change without notice.

5.    Statement of Purpose

Students will need to  provide a statement of purpose which is the background to why the student is applying, what he/she wishes to do and how the course would help him/her in the future plans and goals. They must also include details of financial ability and how they can afford this course in New Zealand.

6.    Offer of a place and accommodation guarantee from Institute

      The offer of a place at an educational institution should provide the following details:
a)    the name of the course and the minimum time required for completion; and
b)    evidence that the course meets foreign student policy requirements; and
c)     notification of the amount of the fee for the complete course or, where the course is longer than one year, the annual fee; and
d)    whether the student does or does not have to pay course fees
Guarantee of accommodation from either the institution or from a person prepared to provide accommodation in New Zealand has to be attached.

7.    Financial Documents

Students must submit evidence of sufficient funds for maintenance during their stay in New Zealand including:
a)    Financial Undertaking Form/s (If more than one guarantor).
b)    Affidavit/s of Support from Guarantors (also stating the exact relationship of the guarantor with the applicant).
c)     Authorisation letter/s from guarantors authorising New Zealand Immigration Service to verify their financial documents on their behalf. If guarantors are outside India the contact name and telephone numbers/e-mail addresses of officials in the Bank who can be contacted for verification.
d)    The students should provide funds upfront for the first 12 months of his study inclusive of living expenses (NZ$10000 p.a) in New Zealand. If the duration of course is longer, students should provide a plan of payment to show that they have access to funds and have the ability to meet the rest of the course cost and living expenses. INZ accepts the following evidence of funds:
·         Education loan sanction letter
·         Latest bank statements for the past 6 months. It should not be more than 1 week old at the time of lodgement of the application.  Please ensure that statements and not balance certificates are provided.
·         Fixed Deposits. In case of providing fixed deposits as evidence of funds please ensure that a copy/counterfoil of the deposit along with a letter from the bank giving the details of the deposit is provided. 
·         Public Provident Fund Accounts/Employers Provident Fund Accounts.
·         Post Office Accounts.
·         National Saving Certificates.
* Please note that the telephone numbers along with the STD codes of the place/institution where the funds shown can be verified should be provided with the financial documents.
The following evidence of funds are NOT acceptable:
a)       Education loan from non banking financial institutions
b)       LIC or ULIP
c)        Mutual funds or infrastructure bonds
d)       Shares and equities
e)       Evaluation of jewellery
f)         Funds held with commission agents
g)       J Forms

8.    Educational certificates (with translations if required)

All educational certificates should be provided which includes:
a)    Class 10
b)    Class 12
c)     Graduation Certificate
d)    Post Graduate Certificate
e)    Other courses and Diplomas done
f)      All the above should have transcripts also attached.
* Please note that if you intend to pursue aviation or marine courses in New Zealand, then evidence of your related qualification and / or work experience should be provided, if applicable.

9.     English language requirement

Immigration New Zealand will take account of the evidence and all the circumstances of the application (which includes nature of student’s employment history, qualification) to assess if student meet the minimum standard of English language to be able to cope well with the study requirement in New Zealand. Students  may also provide any other additional information in support of your English language ability.
INZ strongly recommend that IELTS certificate should be provided with student visa application.

10.           Evidence of Employment

If student is working and/or have worked in past please provide all work references from the employers on company letterhead.  The company address and phone number must be included on the letter.

11.            X-ray report for TB screening

This is a mandatory lodgement requirement.

a)    Applicants, who intend to be in New Zealand for more than 6 months but less than 12 months, must undergo a TB screening X-ray unless:
i        they are pregnant; or
ii       they are under 11 years of age

b)    The certificate should be no longer than 3 months old at the date of submission and the applicants must provide the following:
i         a fully completed Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate form, NZIS 1096; and
ii        any associated medical reports required for the X-ray.

All student applicants who intend to stay in New Zealand for a total of more than 12 months must undergo a full medical and x-ray examination.
The certificate should be no longer than 3 months old at the date of submission and the applicants must provide the following:
i    a fully completed Medical and Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate form, NZIS 1007; and
ii   any associated medical and laboratory reports

Note:  Pregnant women and children under the age of 11 are not required to have an X-ray examination.
The New Delhi Branch has appointed Panel Doctors. The medical certificates must be completed by one of the panel doctors and x-ray reports should be completed by a Radiologist referred by a panel doctor.
(For a list of panel doctor’s in your city please click here)

12.           Police Clearance Certificate

All applicants who are above the age of 17 years and intend to stay in New Zealand for a total of more than 12 months must provide their Police Clearance Certificate.  Certificates must be less than 6 months old at the time it is submitted to us.  For applicants in India, only Police Clearance Certificates from the Regional Passport Office (The passport office which has issued your passport) of the Ministry of External Affairs or from the Office of Commissioner of Police are acceptable. 

After the application is submitted

Interviews and/or further information

The visa officer will conduct a through check of all the documents submitted like education certificates, financial documents and work experience documents. We Please note that students may be required to attend a telephonic interview or an interview at New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi or provide further information to enable the visa officer to make a decision.

Applications Approved in Principle

Once the visa officer is convinced and all the requirements have been met, students will be advised in writing that their application has been approved in principle.  Students will be given a month to submit the following:
a)    Only fee receipts (normally for 1 year) issued by the New Zealand Education Institute will be accepted. This fee receipt could be directly faxed or e-mailed to Immigration New Zealand office.
b)    Any other requirement which needs to be fulfilled at that stage for the visa to be issued. 
Please note : The visa would not be issued any earlier than 14 working days prior to course commencement

Validity of Student Visa

Please note that if the course duration in New Zealand is more than 1 year, the student visas will only be issued for 1st year of study. You will have to apply for and meet the requirements for a further student permit in New Zealand. However, if the course duration is less than 1 year or 1 year, then the student visas will be issued for the duration of the course.

Australian Student Visa - Basics

Australian Visa Application Process for Indian Students

Indian students wanting to study in Australia may apply for student visa in 2 ways:

  • By using an e-visa Agent who can lodge an application over the internet;
  • By lodging the relevant forms, documents and fee at the nearest VFS office in India. Students can choose an education agent for this on their behalf

The requirement for a student visa is the same whether students apply for an e-visa or paper application. The only difference is that e-visa sometimes offers faster processing.

There are different requirements for s student visa depending on the level of course student wants to study. There are step by step instructions at the web link below which will guide you thru the process

All applicants weather applying e-visa or paper based visa will need to satisfy the visa office that they have sufficient funds and meet the genuine entry requirement

E-visa is a trial that was set up to give established and approved
Education Agents the ability to lodge student visa applications online for faster processing. These applications are processed
in Adelaide in Australia and have a faster, streamlined ssessment

Paper visa applications are lodged by those Education Agents
and clients who do not have e-visa access. The applications
are processed at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi.

The requirements for the visa are exactly the same and the
Visa that is issued is exactly the same. The only difference
is the streamlined internet process for those selected e-visa

E-visas do not get a visa label put in the passport whereas
paper applications still currently need a visa label in the

However, the visa entitlements and obligations are exactly
the same.

For more details please email: info@atlasindia.net

Canada - Student Partner Program - Overview

Student Partner Program - Canada / India

The Student Partners Program is designed only for students from India and open to Indian nationals only. This is an administrative framework designed and implemented in partnership between the Canadian visa offices in India and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

Students do not apply to the SPP; they apply to a participating college and may be considered under the program if they meet specific criteria. Application submission under the SPP is at the discretion of each participating college.

Students interested in submitting applications under the program should have a full unconditional offer from participating college. The Student Partners Program involves close cooperative partnership and feedback from the participating colleges to ensure student compliance with the terms of their study permits.

Essential to the program feedback mechanism is the student's consent for the institution to provide information on attendance. The student must sign the consent declaration on the SPP checklist in order to be processed under this program.

Please find the visa checklist for SPP below

The current list of participating Institutes under SPP are:  

  1. Algonquin College
  2. Bow Valley College
  3. Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology
  4. Camosun College
  5. Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology
  6. College of New Caledonia
  7. College of the Rockies
  8. Columbia College
  9. Conestoga College
  10. Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology
  11. Douglas College
  12. Durham College
  13. Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology
  14. Fleming College
  15. George Brown College
  16. Georgian College of Arts & Technology
  17. Grant MacEwan University
  18. Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  19. Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  20. Langara College
  21. Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology
  22. Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology
  23. Marine Institute of Memorial University
  24. Medicine Hat College
  25. Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
  26. Niagara College
  27. North Island College
  28. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  29. Northern College
  30. Northern Lights
  31. Parkland College
  32. Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology
  33. Saskatchewan Institute od Applied Science and Technology (SIAST)
  34. Selkirk College
  35. Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
  36. Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  37. St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology
  38. St. Lawrence College
  39. University of The Fraser Valley
  40. Vancouver Island University
  41. Vancouver Community College
  42. Winnipeg Technical College

For more details on SPP procedures please contact us via E-mail on : info@atlasindia.net