Latest Update (May 30, 2022): After Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Indian students were forced to flee the country. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that his ministry is in talks with governments of various countries bordering Ukraine to accommodate Indian medical students who have been compelled to flee the war-torn country in their universities.
Jaishankar, a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, said that the Hungarian government has assured to accept as many Ukraine-returned Indian medical students as possible.
In addition to the efforts being made in the country by the competent department to assist India-returned medical students, the External Affairs Ministry is in negotiations with Ukraine's neighbours to see whether such students may be admitted to their universities, as per Jaishankar.
When the Hungarian Foreign Minister visited India recently, he said that about 1,250 Indian students had sought admission to his country's universities. Hungary will make every effort to accommodate as many Indian medical students as feasible, he stated. The minister also stated that the Centre would do everything possible for students.
Jaishankar was in Vadodara to participate in a video conference in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced incentives under the PM CARES for Children scheme, which is for children who have lost parents or guardians due to Covid-19.
Following the occasion, Jaishankar headed to the city's Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) and spoke with applicants and authorities.
As many people did not renew their passports due to the coronavirus (during its peak), demand for new passports has surged, putting a strain on the system. They are striving hard to avoid delays in passport issuing, he said.
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Source: The Times of India
S Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister has said that India is in talks with Ukraine's neighbouring countries like Hungary, Romania, Kazakhstan and Poland on continuing the education of students evacuated from the war-torn nation.
Jaishankar, responding to a discussion in Lok Sabha, said that Ukraine has also offered to provide relaxation to international students for taking two major exams in their medical courses and has also decided to promote them from the third year to the fourth.
He added that the CROC exam has been postponed to the next academic year and that the sixth year students are not required to sit for the mandatory CROC-2 examination. Their results will be declared based entirely on their academic performance.
As the neighbouring countries of Ukraine have similar education systems, countries like Hungary and others have discussed a few offers for students evacuated from the country. Jaishankar noted that the education and health ministries are still exploring ways to continue the education of those students.
The finance ministry has also asked the banks to give them details on education loans taken by these students and the impact of the Ukraine crisis. Following this, it has been learnt that over 1,300 students have outstanding loans from banks.
There are still some students who earlier prefer not to leave the country as that would have hampered their education, while several educational institutions declined to offer online courses.
He said that a university in Odesa said they continue online classes till February 25 only, while another Institute in Kharkiv, with whom the embassy tried to reach via call and in-person, refused to meet.
There were also some universities that suggested studying to stay back saying that nothing serious is going to happen, hence all of these situations put them in a dilemma whether to leave the country or not.
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