Two-thirds of Indian and Nepalese agents operate through sub-agents:

In a recent survey conducted among over 100 agents, it was found that approximately two-thirds of Indian and Nepalese agents collaborate with other recruiters to gain access to education providers. These agents establish partnerships with education providers to leverage existing agreements.

The Association of Australian Education Representatives in India revealed that 84% of Nepalese agents claim to enrol students through their sub-agents. Interestingly, these students often originate from Indian counterparts, while only 47% of Indian agents engage in similar practices. Despite the assistance from sub-agents in lead generation, it is essential to note that the primary agent bears the responsibility for crucial tasks such as admissions processing, genuine temporary entrant assessment, and the submission of student visa applications. AAERI strongly recommends that agents disclose these partnerships to educational institutions.

The expansion of Indian education consulting services is set to simplify the application process for Nepalese students. This initiative aims to provide them with valuable guidance on suitable courses, universities, and scholarships, empowering Nepalese youth to make informed decisions about their higher education. This move is expected to enhance academic excellence and global exposure among Nepalese students.

This collaboration between Indian education consultants and Nepalese students not only strengthens cultural and educational ties between the two nations but also fosters a deeper understanding and mutual respect. Given that India is a preferred destination for Nepalese students, this partnership is poised to further strengthen the bond between these neighbouring countries.

Despite the increasing number of applications, nearly 90 percent of agents expressed ‘serious concern’ about potential students misrepresenting information related to their finances, education, or English language skills. Most agents indicated that they engage with students through both online and traditional methods. AAERI suggests ways in which institutions and governments can support agents in recruiting high-quality students.

Agents also highlighted significant obstacles, including the ‘frequent changes’ in immigration policies and the lack of transparency in government decision-making regarding visa approvals.

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