Twitter campaign #takeusbacktochina started; Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s help requested
Thousands of Indian students enrolled in medical colleges in China have no access to hands-on practical medical classes which hampers their education and future as doctors.
According to 2019 data, over 23,000 Indian students studied in different courses in Chinese universities and colleges and over 21,000 of them enrolled to study MBBS.
Students were forced to come back to India and have been stranded here because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
International students are returning to China gradually. However, the second wave of COVID-19 in India slowed down the process for Indian students.
A Twitter campaign with the hashtag #takeusbacktochina has been started by close to 3,000 students. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assistance has also been requested.
“We are 25,000 Indian students studying in Chinese universities who have been forced to participate in online classes for the past 17 months because of travel and visa restrictions. Our medical study requires a lot of practical and group work, but our entry to China and our respective universities have been banned for the past year-and-a-half and we are suffering every day,” read the letter to the Prime Minister.
Officials at the Indian Embassy in Beijing have taken up the issue with the Chinese government, discussing the plight of Indian students stuck at home and their pleas to return with an undertaking to follow all the specified protocols.
The Indian embassy issued a statement stating its continued efforts to follow up with Chinese authorities, including the ministry of education of the People’s Republic of China, regarding the concerns of Indian students in China, especially their early return to colleges/universities in this country.
Officials expect China to vaccinate about 70 per cent of its people by early next year to achieve herd immunity. Until then, China may continue to stonewall foreign travel and Indian students will remain in Indian.
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