Three private colleges in Canada have decided to close down due to financial constraints and about 2000 Indian students are protesting for fees refund. M College in Montreal, CDE College in Sherbrooke and CCSQ College in Longueuil have announced their abrupt closure leaving the career of the students at stake.
Moreover, the students are on the verge of losing hard-earned money as each one of them has paid from Rs. 25 lakh to over a crore as fees. The parents in India have been staging demonstrations asking the Indian Government to raise the issue with its Canadian counterpart. From this situation, we can decipher that necessary criteria must be analyzed before choosing a college.
Students are encouraged to speak to the Indian embassies in foreign countries to understand the education scenario and status of colleges. This procedure will help the students in avoiding such colleges where their money and career can be at risk. Embassies are also aware of the course validity and legal stand.
Students can also get in touch with the office of the Association of Indian Universities in Delhi to know about the legal validity of a particular college or university around the globe. This is the only authority that has the list and details of approved universities and colleges across the globe and the only body authorized by the Ministry of Education which gives equivalence to a foreign degree.
Students must work on securing admissions in the top 150 colleges as per the global ranking systems such as the QS, Times Higher Education or ShanghaiRanking. Experts suggest that if a candidate gets admitted to a college with very low grades or a non-ranked college, it may be detrimental to their career and will land them in low-skilled jobs.
Students must learn to differentiate between a good education counsellor and an agent. A genuine education counsellor charges money from the candidate and grooms them to the right college with skill enhancement and counselling but an agent works on placing as many students as possible in a particular university to get a hefty commission.
Students must also get in touch with the student communities formed by Indian students studying abroad. This will help them clear their doubts and understand the ground realities through their experiences. Students are not advised to entirely rely on the websites as the real situation may be a contrast.