Indian students studying in China | Crisis on the future of Indian students studying medicine in China, has also appealed to PM Modi, Indian students studying medical in China remained stranded due to travel ban
Indian students troubled by China, have also appealed to PM Modi (Credit: iStock)  |  Photo Credits: Representative Image
New Delhi/Beijing : Thousands of students studying medicine in China came home on holidays early last year, but are stuck in India due to travel restrictions imposed by Beijing in the wake of the coronavirus infection and cannot resume college. Worried about getting it. Many students said that online classes are going on, but their education and future are in jeopardy due to not being able to attend practical classes.
Delhi’s Richa Singh, a second year MBBC student at Xian Jiaotong University, said, “I have attended online classes, but we are not able to attend practical classes.” He said that due to the ban on most Chinese applications in India, many students, including him, had to download virtual private networks (VPNs) to attend classes.
More than 23 thousand students of India in China
As per 2019 statistics, more than 23,000 Indian students studied in various courses in Chinese universities and colleges, of which more than 21,000 students enrolled for MBBS studies.
Shamik Mazumdar of Omkar Medicom, who counsels Indian students wishing to pursue MBBS abroad, said that China is gradually allowing international students to return, but due to the second wave of COVID-19 in India, there is a need for Indian students. This process has been slowed down.
“I am in touch with the deans of various universities where Indian students are studying. Colleges say that they want students to come back, but the infection situation in India is not completely under control. “As China prepares for the Winter Olympics, it is likely that these students will be allowed to return by September-October this year,” Majumdar said.
Have also requested PM Modi
Around 3,000 students have formed a group called ‘Indian Students in China’ on ‘Telegram’ software to discuss how to draw the attention of the governments of India and China to their problem. A campaign has been launched on Twitter with the hashtag ‘Take us back to China’ (Take us back to China). These students had also requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention last month.
Ravi Varma, a fourth-year student at China’s Nantong Medical University, said he had also sought assistance from the Indian embassy in China about four-five months ago, but to no avail. Both Singh and Verma claimed that classes have resumed in their universities, with students from several countries including the US and South Korea being allowed, but Indian students yet to be allowed.
Indian Embassy officials in Beijing said they have taken up the issue several times with the Chinese government at the level of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Education. The students said that they are also paying their course fees and hostel fees.
Karim Khan, a 21-year-old student of Hubei University, said that he has to pay lakhs of rupees every few months. “In MBBS, practical knowledge is the key. Not everything can be understood online, but the university is not understanding us. Every time it comes time to pay our fees, we are told to focus on our practicals once we return, but I don’t think that will happen. We have not been given any written assurance.
Also, colleges in India are not offering internships to students studying online. Verma said, “Under our curriculum we have to do internship in a hospital or nursing home in our final year, but many state governments in India are saying that they will not accept online degrees. This has now made us worried whether we will be able to work in India in future or not.
Li Bin, deputy minister of China’s National Health Commission, said on Thursday that Beijing cannot relax restrictions in the wake of the global pandemic.
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