As of March 20, a total of 1,33,135 Indian students had gone overseas for higher education, according to information provided to Parliament recently.
According to data from the Bureau of Immigration (BoI), the number of Indian students who have left India for higher education this year is 1,33,135 so far, compared to 4,44,553 in 2021 and 2,59,655 in 2020, said Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
He further stated that awarding visas is a sovereign right of a country and that different countries have granted Indian students visas to study in their colleges. If there is a temporary limitation or delay in the issuance of a visa, the Ministry and the appropriate Indian Mission take aggressive measures with the nation in question.
In answer to another question, Minister of State for External Affairs, Meenakshi Lekhi told the House that since the Russia-Ukraine war broke out in February 2022, 22,500 Indian people had returned to India.
She also mentioned that during the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak, the government established the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indian citizens and make passenger travel between India and other countries easier.
A total of 669 persons were rescued from Afghanistan as part of Operation Devi Shakti. In seven planes, there were 448 Indians, 206 Afghans (including Hindu and Sikh community members), and 15 individuals from other countries (Nepal, Lebanon, and Uganda) (six flights operated between August 16 to 25, 2021, and the last flight on December 10, 2021). She noted in her response that all Indian people seeking a return to India had been removed.
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Source: The Economic Times