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University of Toronto Reassures International Students Amid India-Canada Diplomatic Standoff

  • Posted on October 8, 2023
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Amidst the ongoing diplomatic standoff between India and Canada, the University of Toronto has issued a reassuring message to its international student community. The university, known for its commitment to fostering global diversity, aims to provide unwavering support to its students amidst challenging circumstances. India's recent suspension of visa processing has created obstacles to face-to-face interactions.


University of Toronto Reassures International Students Amid India-Canada Diplomatic Standoff

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Amidst the ongoing diplomatic standoff between India and Canada, the University of Toronto has issued a reassuring message to its international student community. The university, known for its commitment to fostering global diversity, aims to provide unwavering support to its students amidst challenging circumstances. India's recent suspension of visa processing has created obstacles to face-to-face interactions.

Professor Joseph Wong, Vice-President International at the University of Toronto, acknowledged the concerns of the university community regarding the evolving situation between Canada and India. He emphasized that the situation is rapidly changing, leading to uncertainty and stress among students and faculty. Wong stressed that the institution takes pride in hosting over 2,400 international students from India, along with numerous faculty, staff, librarians, and alumni with strong ties to India.

"We want to assure all impacted members of our community, especially international students, that you are welcome here, and we are deeply committed to supporting your wellbeing," said Wong. He also highlighted the university's enduring partnerships in India, supporting academic collaborations across various disciplines and offering invaluable global learning opportunities for students.

While acknowledging the short-term challenges posed by the visa suspension, Wong affirmed the university's commitment to strengthening relationships through online interactions. The University of Toronto will closely monitor the impact of the India-Canada situation on its community and provide updates as the situation unfolds.

The diplomatic standoff between India and Canada was triggered by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegations in the Canadian Parliament. He claimed that Canadian security agencies were actively investigating potential links between Indian government agents and the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia, Canada. India strongly refuted these allegations as "absurd" and "motivated."

In response to the escalating diplomatic row, India requested Canada to withdraw several dozen diplomats from its missions. India contends that Canada must reduce its diplomatic presence in the country to achieve parity, alleging interference by some Canadian diplomats in India's internal matters.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, cited security threats faced by Indian missions in Canada as the reason for suspending visa services. He indicated that the situation would be reviewed regularly.

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The impact of the suspension on Indian students in Canada is significant. According to ICEF Monitor, there were 320,000 Indian students with active study permits in Canada by the end of 2022, accounting for nearly 40% of all foreign students. India was the top source country for new international students in Canada in 2022.

Despite the diplomatic tensions, the University of Toronto remains dedicated to its mission of fostering diversity and global collaboration among its students and faculty with ties to India. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to a substantial Indo-Canadian community, further strengthening the university's connection to India.

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