Trudeau govt to aid Indian students in Canada 

07 June 2020 | Tribune India

Action: The Canadian government has decided to give a monthly benefit of CAD 2,000 to foreign students during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Canadian government’s decision to give a monthly benefit of CAD 2,000 to foreign students during the COVID-19 crisis has caused resentment among local students who get only CAD 1,250 each. As Indian students—currently numbering 219,855—constitute about a third of all 642,480 foreign students, the resentment is visible among many in the Indo-Canadian community for this ‘preferential treatment’ to them. Since Indian students are also allowed to work 20 hours a week, many in the community have been expressing resentment against them on radio and TV talk shows for stealing local jobs. The CAD 2,000 monthly benefit for foreign students will last four months.

Telugu students in Kyrgyzstan call on govt. for evacuation

07 June 2020 | The Times of India

Action: The students have put out videos on social media platforms explaining their plight.

A large number of Indian students pursuing medical courses in Kyrgyzstan and stranded due to the pandemic have urged the Union government to evacuate them. While some students could be evacuated during the two phases of Vande Bharat mission, a few hundred students from the two Telugu states continue to be stuck there. The students from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh said there were at least 200 in their group and want to return home.

UK universities consider post-lockdown blended teaching for Indian students

05 June 2020 | Tribune India

Action: In communication with students, most universities have indicated that courses would be moved online for the first semester of the new academic year. Many of them, however, have remained silent about a possible revision of tuition fees.

With the coronavirus lockdown gradually easing, UK universities have agreed on a set of basic principles with a blend of on-campus and online teaching forming the basis of the approach for both domestic as well as international students, many of them from India. Universities UK International (UUKi), an organisation that represents 143 UK universities, called on Indian students to stay in contact with their respective universities for guidance as the lockdown situation evolves in the UK as well as India. Many universities have already announced plans to combine as much face-to-face learning for small seminars and tutorials as possible, with those parts of the university experience which will be difficult to deliver in a socially distanced way, delivered interactively online.

Students who got admission to universities abroad for Fall 2020 face many challenges

05 June 2020 | Economic Times

Action: On top of the mind is one question—whether they will be able to set foot in the school they have been preparing for months on end.

Every year, over 400,000 Indian students go overseas to study. Those who have got admission to universities abroad for Fall 2020 are facing a slew of challenges. Students are now thinking about deferring the admission to next spring or autumn, hoping that travel becomes easier and the campus opens by then. While there are indications that universities in Australia will function at near-normal from July 2020, fresh international students from India may not be able to commence in that semester. Travelling and getting a visa to Australia will continue to be challenging. The earliest date for new students will be February-March 2021, says Ravi Lochan Singh, MD, Global Reach. Meanwhile, even the coronavirus has not yet put a stop to applications abroad. Australia and New Zealand have emerged as the safest destinations for Indian students as they have done a remarkable job in containing the virus.

Indian students rethink study abroad plans in a post-pandemic world

03 June 2020 | SCMP.com

Action: As Western universities struggle to balance health and education, students are looking closer to home.

About 1.1 million Indian students were pursuing higher education programmes overseas as of July 2019, a figure that has swollen hugely in recent years. But with Western universities—long the preferred choice of Indian students—struggling to balance safety with education in the time of coronavirus, many aspiring scholars are starting to rethink their choices. Like the Britain’s University of Cambridge, recently announced all of its classes for the upcoming academic year would be taught online—a move that is forcing some students to reconsider whether it is worth their money. It is not just online tuition, either. Indian students are also being put off by dwindling employment options in the countries where they would study, the introduction of virtual graduation ceremonies, and recurrent reports of stranded Indian graduates being stuck with hefty rents for their accommodation.

Indian students studying abroad are running out of time, money

01 June 2020 | The Hindu

Action: The savings of students were diminishing because of payment of rent, insurance, and loans, and the rates of Air India flights were not affordable.

Several students studying in foreign universities, who had come to India for a short vacation, are now stuck in different cities. Classes are to commence soon, but the students are unable to book tickets and have been left in the lurch. Many of them have visas expiring in June and July and have to get back before that date as they are required to apply for a visa extension at the immigration office in their respective countries. Many students also said interviews for internships and jobs have been put off or cancelled as they could not return in time.

YouTube Discussions 

The Roundtable: Gap Year & Uni Admissions Special

07 June 2020 | NewsX

>Roundtable with Priya Sahgal takes a look at the coming universities year and applications so for those looking to study abroad. Should students defer the coming academic year. However, Ivy League Universities are not keen on that. What are options? Are student visas available? Roundtable looks at these issues with Education consultants and student visa consultants.

Scholarly in Times of India panel discussion on Education Abroad

31 May 2020 | Scholarly

Mr. Vivek Bhandari (CEO, Scholarly) and Dr Ron Cole (Provost and Dean, Allegheny College) participated in a panel discussion with the Times of India and speakers from other prominent institutions – Boston College, University of Guelph, University of Alberta and IC3. A number to avoid a gap year were discussed including twinning and transferable college credits.

To Go or Not to go—The dilemma of study abroad aspirants: Live Session with Renait Stephens

27 May 2020| Careers360

Renait Stephens (CEO and Publisher, Study in the USA), Karl Anderson (Assistant Director of International Student Recruitment, University of Arkansas) & Dennix Averion (Assistant Director, International Admission George Mason University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office) were LIVE on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. They were talking on “To Go or Not to go—The dilemma of study abroad aspirants”.


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