Rising requests to GoI by Indian students in UK for travel arrangements

12 April 2020 | The Medium

Action: Indian students residing in the UK have urged the Government of India to arrange their travel back to the country. Universities in the UK have shifted their courses online with restricted access to school resources.

The UK experiences a large influx of students every year for higher education and is one of the top destinations abroad among Indians. The students who have been staying in university accommodation have been given an extension, however, several have offered refunds or ceased any further payments if the student terminates the contract.

Loneliness and despair prey on India’s stranded students

12 April 2020 | Financial Times

Action: Indians are protesting against the ban as other countries rush to arrange flights for their citizens. Abandoned citizens describe New Delhi’s decision to seal off the country as a ‘nightmare’.

Indian officials maintain that the travel restrictions will be lifted if the nationwide lockdown ends on April 14. But with the country reporting a surge in cases, travel bans may persist.

250,000 Indian students stranded in US amid coronavirus lockdown

12 April 2020 | India Today

Action: Due to coronavirus pandemic lockdown across the globe, Indian students in the US have stuck. Therefore, Ambassador Sandhu has advised them to stay where they are.

Indian Embassy hosted a live session for Indian students stuck in the USA, Ambassador Sandhu addressed the concerns of over 500 Indian students who attended the Instagram Live session. The session was coordinated by the India Student Hub Team. Assuring the students that the Indian embassy is in constant communication with the US Government on the issue of their visa, Sandhu said that they can make travel plans to India once the situation improves.

Indian students to be ‘protected’ during coronavirus crisis, Australia’s High Commissioner to India says

12 April 2020 | SBS News

Action: Australia’s High Commissioner to India has assured Indian media its students will be “protected and kept safe” in Australia during the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell said that Indian students in Australia will be “protected and kept safe” throughout the course of the coronavirus crisis. The ambassador pointed to an announcement by Deakin University, where he said “many Indian students attend”, and that it would spend up to $25 million in the next six months on international students experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

H1B row: Will COVID-19, recession dampen Indian students’ desire to study and work abroad?

10 April 2020 | The Print

Action: The appeal of Post Study Work visa in the US amongst the Indian students aspiring for HE in the US could be impacted in wake of lay-offs of H1B employees due to Covid-19 crisis and global recession.

After 150 US colleges asked students to vacate campuses and opt for online classes last month, the prospect of studying abroad also appears grim. An important charm of foreign education was the post-study work visas that allowed Indian students to find high-paying jobs and recover part of the investment in their degrees. In the US, this was the charm in getting an H1B visa, albeit through a lottery and overall cap on numbers.

Monetary relief to Indian students stuck in US, Canada, Australia & UK soon

08 April 2020 | Economic Times

Action: Canada began accepting applications for its newly introduced Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, a scheme under which unemployed workers can get $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. This is also applicable to international students who pass the eligibility criteria.

Indian students stuck in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK—facing mounting debt and fees—will soon get some monetary relief. In Australia, the Melbourne city council will support foreign students through a variety of measures, including a proposal to set up a “hardship fund”.

Indian students stranded in Germany safe, says scholars body

08 April 2020 | Indian Express

Action: Frankfurt Indian Scholars Association (FISA) stated that all Indians in Germany are safe and that it is arranging webinars (live, virtual interactive sessions), answering queries and providing authentic information to students.

FISA executive member in a statement said all Indians in Germany are safe and that association it is arranging webinars. The Embassy of India in Berlin has released helpline numbers to provide help to Indians staying in Germany, adding that the German government has announced relief packages for students who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

Evacuate 1,300 Indian medical students stranded in Ukraine amid Covid-19 lockdown, Centre urged

08 April 2020 | Hindustan Times

Action: With no flights scheduled out of Ukraine for the next few weeks, students are stranded at Bukovinian State Medical University in Chernivtsi Oblast province.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary urged the Government of India to evacuate 1,300 Indian students stuck at the Bukovinian State Medical University,

Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine, due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Till the time the evacuation takes place, he said, the Indian ambassador to Ukraine should ensure their safety and arrangements should be made for their board and lodging. 

SC notice to Centre on plea to evacuate Indian students stranded in UK

07 April 2020| Live Mint

Action: The Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre in a plea seeking evacuation of Indian students stranded in the UK amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

The plea sought accommodation and adequate health and medical support for the stranded students from the Indian High Commission in London. It also urged to ensure that the students are provided medical and health facilities as prescribed by the World Health Organization.


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