In light of the heightened tensions between India and Canada, Canadian universities are actively engaged in reassuring Indian students about their safety while studying in the country. These efforts come as the new academic session is in Canada. Understandably, some Indian students are contemplating the possibility of postponing their courses, while others are assessing the situation, questioning the safety of pursuing education in Canada.
The escalation of tensions is attributed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent remark, suggesting that New Delhi might be involved in the murder of a Sikh separatist advocate in British Columbia. It’s important to note that India has denied any involvement in the matter. In response to these concerns, Canadian universities have stepped up their efforts to provide reassurance and to prevent any negative impact on the educational sector.
Joseph Wong, the Vice President of the University of Toronto, has affirmed that Canadian universities are taking rigorous measures to safeguard their international students, including those from India. Moreover, these universities have reached out to their partners in India, collaborating closely to ensure the safety and well-being of Indian students in Canada. Despite the challenges posed by these tensions, it is noteworthy that Canada has remained a preferred destination for international students. According to data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a significant majority of the 184,000 international students hosted by Canada in 2022 were from India, totaling 226,450 students. This demonstrates the appeal of Canadian education, even in the face of geopolitical challenges.