Coronavirus: Big relief for Indian students studying in Australia

05 April 2020 | The Indian Express

Action: The government relaxed working hours for international students allowing them to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight from May 1 this year.

In a relief to foreign students, including from India, facing financial hardships during the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian government has announced that those who have completed one year of stay in the country were eligible to access their superannuation.

Study abroad dreams shattered or delayed due to COVID-19, students look for plan B

05 April 2020 | Deccan Herald

Action: There are many students who have already got admission but are now reconsidering as the classes have moved online and there is no clarity by when the situation will improve.

According to Study Abroad counsellors, the situation looks grim and might affect long term plans for many. Interviews and announcements for several fellowship opportunities are also on hold in view of the uncertainty, putting plans on hold for many, who depend on funding help for studying abroad.

Embassy of India in Washington, D.C., issued an updated ‘Student Hub Advisory’

04 April 2020 | India West

Action: To help support Indian students during the COVID-19 crisis, the Embassy of India Student Hub has established a non-emergency Peer Support Line.

Following the growing cases of COVID-19, U.S. universities have taken measures to shut down on-campus operations and/or move classes online. The Embassy of India/India Student Hub has the following advisory for Indian students who may be impacted by these decisions.

COVID19: Ambassadors are interacting with Indian students stranded in Bangladesh through virtual platforms

04 April 2020 | Live Law

Action: The Ministry of External Affairs has informed the Delhi High Court that the Indian Ambassadors are interacting with the Indian community through virtual platforms for their engagement in the time of crisis and to provide assistance.

To highlight the specific steps taken by the Ministry for students stranded in Bangladesh, the court was informed that a 24 x 7 helpline was established on March 15 to address all queries of Indian citizens and Indian community and regular information is being shared through website and social media platforms of the Mission and the four Assistant High Commissions in Bangladesh and timely information regarding various travel advisories are being issued to the students community through social platforms on the daily basis.

Australia Refuses Economic Support to Foreign Students, Indians Worried

03 April 2020 | NDTV

Action: Australia, one of the most preferred destinations for Indian students, on Friday refused to offer any economic support to international students who were unable to support themselves in the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The Prime Minister said for them “there will be opportunities … But our focus and our priority is on supporting Australians and Australian residents with the economic supports that are available.” Major supermarkets and aged care providers are also allowed to offer more hours temporarily to international students employees.

How UK student body NISAU is handling the COVID-19 panic among Indian students

03 April 2020 | Edex Live

Action: Unable to return home to India due to coronavirus-related flight restrictions, students studying in Switzerland are showing their resilience and inventiveness.

When it came to coordinating with the students during COVID-19, NISAU was the first to start helping out. Since the Union has over 60 WhatsApp groups and a good presence on Facebook and Twitter, they were able to coordinate with the students easily.

Indian Students Stranded in Ukraine Seek Government Help in Evacuation

03 April 2020 | NDTV

Action: The students requested the Indian embassy to directly contact them so it would be able to know the prevailing situation.

Indian students stranded in various universities of Ukraine have appealed for help and evacuation in the wake of the threat of the spread of coronavirus in the country and said the Indian embassy should contact them directly. The students told that Indians studying in Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy and Ivano Frankivsk National Medical University Ukraine were facing various problems.

How coronavirus disrupted Indian students’ study abroad dream

02 April 2020 | Indian Express

Action: As foreign universities are conducting classes digitally, Indian students studying abroad are feeling that their study abroad dream has come crashing down.

Thousands of Indian students studying abroad who have been affected by the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The worst-hit are those on job-search visas or in their final year as their visa deadlines are racing against the lockdown timelines. Most students are demanding an extension in visas, however, this is not in the control of universities.

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