Canadian visa officer slams Punjab recruitment

December 18, 2007

A Canadian visa officer in New Delhi has sparked the temper of Canadian university and college leaders with his comments that "he did not understand why the heck we were recruiting in the Punjab; the state of the Punjab has the highest crime and forgery rate anywhere; the highest human-trafficking statistics in the world, and we should be recruiting in South India."  A delegation of BC institutional representatives visited India earlier this month to attract students and professionals to Canada.  Canada currently receives only 2,500 of a total 100,000 students from India who annually study abroad.