Gilchrist calls on Indians to keep studying in Oz

Published: Friday, June 12, 2009, 15:38 [IST]
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Gilchrist exhorts Indians to study in Oz

Melbourne: Former Australian Test player Adam Gilchrist has condemned the violent attacks on Indian students and urged overseas students to continue to study in Australia.

Australia's former vice captain said that Australia remains open to overseas students and a majority of universities are safe for them.

"For the past two years, I have been representing the University of Wollongong in Australia as its ambassador with Indian students and alumni," Gilchrist said.

"Wollongong is a place that is very multicultural and welcoming to a wide range of international students including Indian students. And I believe Wollongong is representative of Australia's openness to international students in general," Gilchrist said.

Indian students have been at the receiving end of violent attacks, allegedly racist, in the past few months.

As many as four students were attacked by racist hooligans in Australia in recent weeks. One of them, Mr Shravan Kumar, 25, is still in critical condition after suffering brain injury. Another Indian student, Sourabh Sharma, was beaten up on a train on May 9 and yet another, Rajesh Kumar, suffered burns after goons threw a petrol bomb into his home in Sydney.


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