The Government of India stated that it will soon share all the details, about the Students returning to China from India. The decision has come after the Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar has raised his concern about the students who wanted to return to the country, one month ago. One of the statements of the Union Government reads, “The entire process is will be carried out in the time constraint manner”. The return request has been facilitated after the Chinese Government showed its willingness to consider the return of the Indian stranded students “on a need-assessed basis”.
Around 22,000 Indian students have enrolled themselves in various universities in China for Medical Degree as per the data revealed by the Indian Embassy in China. They came to India in 2020 because of the Covid-19 outbreak and couldn’t go back to China because of the strict travel rules. The students now fear that their medical degrees will stand invalid due to a lack of practical experience and knowledge.
“China attaches high importance to Indian students’ concerns about returning to China for studies. We have shared with the Indian side the procedures and experience of other countries’ students returning to China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told one of the media regarding students returning to India, in the briefing done in Beijing.
Students returning to China: Steps to follow
- All the students returning to China, who wish to attend in-person classes are requested to fill out the form by May 8.
- Students can fill up their forms using this link for the registration, which the Indian Government will use to prepare a list of the students who wish to attend in-person classes in the universities in China.
- The China Government will first verify all the details of the students with their respective departments and then will call the students accordingly.
- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) being a global airlines body issued a circular on April 20, regarding India which reads, “Tourist visas issued to nationals of China (People’s Republic) are no longer valid”, over the plight raised by the Indian Government to take back the students enrolled in Chinese Universities.
Concerns among Indian Authorities
However, the call for the students returning to China from India was primarily raised by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during a meeting in Dushanbe. Jaishankar said that India hopes Beijing will adopt a “non-discriminatory approach” against this issue to the media. Addressing the media, he said, “Minister Wang Yi had assured me that he would speak to the relevant authorities on his return on this matter. He also recognised the particular concerns that medical students have in this difficult situation”.
Another spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said regarding students returning to China from India, “Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson had stated on February 8 that China was looking into the matter in a coordinated manner and that arrangements for allowing foreign students to return to China were being examined. But let me clarify that to date, the Chinese side has not given any categorical response about the return of Indian students. We will continue to urge the Chinese side to adopt a congenial stance in the interest of our students and that they facilitate an early return to China so that our students can pursue their studies.”
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