New Delhi: After receiving numerous complaints by Indian students at universities in Northern Cyprus especially regarding fees and credibility, the government on Monday advised students to check the reputation, ranking and background of the universities abroad and conduct thorough research before applying.
The Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) released an advisory today for Indian Students facing problems in Universities in Northern Cyprus as instances of malpractices have recently been reported by the students who took admission in some universities in the northern part of Cyprus.
“In particular, complaints have been received against ‘Cyprus International University (CIU)’ that has reportedly asked for additional fee from the Indian students after they took admission at that university. Some students have also raised questions about the credibility and recognition of the courses offered by the university,” the advisory said.
The advisory calls on the students seeking admission in universities and institutes abroad to check the reputation, ranking and background of the institution and conduct thorough research as to whether the certificate or the degree granted by them is internationally recognised, and in particular in India.
“The Association of Indian Universities (AIU)’s website may also be checked for this purpose. The contractual obligations, terms & conditions, fee structure for the course proposed may be studied carefully and if possible, Indian students already studying there and the Indian Mission concerned may be consulted before taking the final decision and making any payment to the universities/institutions or their agencies,” the advisory read.
In reference to any universities and institutes located in the northern part of Cyprus, the Government noted that due to political factors, the officials of the High Commission of India in Nicosia (accredited to Republic of Cyprus) are not in a position to visit the northern part of Cyprus or maintain any contact with the authorities there.
Which is why if Indian students studying there face any problem, the officials of High Commission in Nicosia will not be in a position to intervene to help the students.
“The Indian students desirous of studying in any universities or institutes in the northern part of Cyprus may kindly take this information into account and consider studying in suitable institutions in other places,” the government advised. 

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