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John McCallum, refugees and citizenship minister of Canada recently acknowledged the fact that international students are being cheated by unfair laws and schemes

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November 12, 2016: Refugees and Citizenship Minister of Canada, John McCallum has recently acknowledged the fact that international students are being cheated by unfair laws and schemes of the government, which makes it more difficult for them to attain citizenship. Therefore, he has promised to change things soon.

McCallum also admitted that the international students who were not being treated properly are actually the most promising class of immigrants. McCallum promised that “We’re going to give them more points under express entry and make it easier for them to become permanent residents,” mentioned HT.

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The ceiling for immigrations was kept at 300,000 in 2017 similar to that in 2016. On the other hand, the limit for refugees was lowered and the targets for economic and family unification classes were raised.

India was a priority country in Canada’s education policy in 2014. Universities Canada (the Association of all Universities and Colleges in Canada) played a key role in the International Education Strategy that accentuated the universities’ dedication towards a diverse approach to international education including joint academic programs, research, etc.

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They observed that the emerging economies (India, Brazil, China etc) were building relationships and partnerships with other emerging ones.

Convocation hall, University of Toronto. Wikimedia
Convocation hall, University of Toronto. Wikimedia

Various initiatives are in progress to make the students aware of the country’s high quality of education, diverse and the welcoming environment.

According to the HT report, the number of international students in 2013-14 has doubled since 2004-05, from 66,000 to 124,000.  The population between 2004-2005 and 2013-2014 grew 88% even as the number of Canadian students grew by 22%. The top five individual source countries for Canada in 2013-2014 were China (34.1%), France (7.6%), US (6.2%), India (5.7% and Saudi Arabia (4.5%).

The most popular fields of study among full-time Indian students were: architecture, business, management and public administration (22%), computer and information sciences (12%) mathematics, engineering and related technologies (37%), and physical and life sciences, and technologies (11%).

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Canada has been attracting students for a lot of reasons. The institutions are recognized worldwide for the high quality of education despite the location, size or area of focus at affordable costs.

Accorfing to HT report, even the quality of lifestyle is commendable in Canada. Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary were present in the top five most livable cities in The Economist 2015 list. Although, the weather conditions might be a little difficult to bear as it is really cold in same places. Even the university is a serious issue. Shilpa Isabella, a ‘Banglorean living in Toronto’ responded on Quora saying that the passing grade at her university was 70% while in India it is considered a distinction. She said that regardless of the course we opt for each class will demand a 100% commitment.

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An Indian Origin Woman Minister in the Government of British Columbia

As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.

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British Columbia, the Canadian province that is a leader in technology and has one of the fastest growing tech ecosystems in the world
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From Canada, that boasts of a first Indian-origin Defence Minister in Harjit Singh Sajjan, here is the story of another Indian-origin woman migrant who has risen to become a minister in the government of the British Columbia — the Western-most province of the country known for its tech prowess globally.

Meet Jinny Jogindera Sims, who was born in Jalandhar in Punjab and migrated at age nine to England where she got a B.Ed degree at the University of Manchester.

Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011.

The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.

In a conversation with IANS, when asked about Canada’s inclusive nature and how emigrants like her can make it to the top in different fields including political power, pat came her reply: “If you ask me is there more we can do, my answer will be absolutely. We need to do more on aboriginals and the nations’ ethnic communities”.

“We need to do more. Inclusivism and racism is not a one-time issue. We need to do more for their education and other issues. We need to do it all the time”.

Asked about Indians and attracting the talent in the growing tech sector of British Columbia, Sims said Indians have made a name for themselves in the tech and other sectors and are in the forefront.

“I have been to India as an MP to various cities, including Bengaluru and Kolkata. Looking at the skills and talent and amazing companies, India is important in the tech sector. We are looking at new cooperation with Indian tech companies,” she emphasised.

As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.

The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens' Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.
Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011. Pixabay

Asked about her ministry’s work, Sims said her department has gone more digital in delivering services to citizens and that has brought its own problems.

Cyber crime, fake news and other related problems faced by the countries across the world are also her main problems.

“Digital economy is growing. More and more people are getting sophisticated and trying to commit cyber crimes. We are engaged more with businesses that are worried that more people are trying to get information online through Internet bandits.

“We are telling businesses to build extra layers of security. It is like when we construct a home, we have doors and windows which we close for security. Likewise, businesses have to build layers of security like Next-Gen anti-virus solutions and firewalls,” the minister stressed.

She said her ministry is very agile on cyber security and has become smarter with time.

“They (cyber-criminals) have got technology and are, all the time, trying to get into our systems. Nearly 300,000 systems were affected which is mind-boggling. It also shows we have to be extra-cautious, building firewalls and constantly monitoring them,” Sims said.

Asked about the problem of data stealing and stalking over social media platforms, Sims said the government’s role in this is limited.

As a mother and a grandmother, she would only advise that schools and parents have to tell children on the newer risks arising from the use of Internet.

“Parents can limit the children from accessing Internet. We can teach and guide them on cyber security. Businesses also have a responsibility,” Sims added.

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The identity cards issued by her government for accessing citizens’ services have high-security features and cannot be breached for extracting personal details.

“Our ID cards, personal details are never shared with anyone. There is nothing that goes out from our portal,” she noted.

Asked if she was aware of the controversy surrounding the Aadhaar card in India, the minister said, “a little bit”. (IANS)