Indian students enrolled in Chinese universities have breathed a sigh of relief, with China announcing its intention to allow the return of “some” of them who have been stranded in India for more than two years following visa and visa restrictions. flights imposed by Beijing due to the COVID -19 pandemic.
Rohit Kumar Yadav, an MBBS student at Shihezi University, said he was relieved to be able to return to campus and take exams offline.
”Medicine is a practice-oriented course and despite the university’s best efforts to make online courses more interactive, it’s not the same kind of exposure… I’m glad that this difficult phase ends and I will be able to return to campus and also appear in offline exams,” he said.
A student from South China University in Hengyang, who did not wish to be identified, said, “The past two years have been very difficult not only personally but also academically. I hope it is all over now and we can resume normal life on campus. . Even though our return is in phases, it’s a welcome decision,” said a student from Harbin Medical University.
“The chances of fourth and final year students returning to campuses are high because they need hands-on experience more than first or second year students,” he added.
Earlier reports said more than 23,000 Indian students, mostly studying medicine at Chinese colleges, are stranded in India after returning home as the coronavirus pandemic broke out in China’s central city of Wuhan in December 2019. They were unable to return to China due to restrictions imposed by the Chinese government to stop the spread of the contagion.
Since then, they have been desperately trying to return to China to resume their lessons, but have had to limit themselves to online lessons as Beijing has canceled all flights and visas for Indians.
Apart from students, hundreds of Indian families working in China have also been stranded at home due to China’s cancellation of visas and flights from India.
In a joint notice issued on March 25, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) called on Indian students to “execute due diligence” on Chinese universities in the face of following COVID -19 travel restrictions imposed by the Chinese government.
”Our university had made it known earlier that the courses would take place online… UGC and AICTE do not recognize such courses taught only in online mode without prior approval. I was worried about it,” said MBBS student Neeraj Kumar.
Following the Chinese announcement, the Indian Embassy in Beijing requested details of students intending to return.
”Following the meeting of the Minister of External Affairs of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar, with the State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, on March 25, 2022, the party China has expressed its willingness to consider facilitating the return of Indian students to China based on a needs assessment,” the Indian Embassy said in a statement on Friday.
“In order to facilitate this (return), the Indian Embassy intends to prepare a list of such students which will be shared with the Chinese side for consideration. Therefore, Indian students are requested to provide necessary information by filling out the Google form, no later than May 08, 2022,” he said.
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