By SAT community reporter
Melbourne, 10 March: Communicating to and informing the community and Indian international students about services at the Consulate and Indian government programs is full of challenges. This came out during an Open House information session followed by a Q-A session at the Indian Consulate, Melbourne.
Consul General of India Melbourne, Manika Jain in her presentation explained the many programs and schemes of the Indian Government and how information about them can be easily accessed through websites and Apps. This included the Helpline for travellers, Customs App, e-visa, International students’ survival guide, student’s registration, Madad portal, Consular services, Know India Program, Study in India program, Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas etc.
International students raised issues including travel concession, lack of information about Indian Government programs for overseas Indians and the need for a guide which can inform about living issues in Australia.
The consensus was that Indian international students should network among themselves apart from coming to the Indian Consulate for assistance. Manika Jain advised them to get registered at the Consulate so that they could get Consulate information and look at the Consulate social media pages for latest developments and schemes.