With limited income, Indian students in Canada struggle to make ends meet

19 April 2020 | The Time of India

Action: While a lot of students are betting on the huge financial package announced by the Canadian government, including COVID-19 Emergency Response Benefit, not all can apply.

Part-time work is drying up in Canada and the worst affected are students, including those who travelled all the way from India. Most students have been ‘temporarily laid off’, but many feel this could become permanent. The COVID Emergency Response Benefit covers you if you get laid off from a job. But some restaurants didn’t lay off their employees. They put them on hold. They were asked to stop working and not paid.

Isolated abroad during coronavirus outbreak, how some Indian students are dealing with the crisis

19 April 2020 | First Post

Action: Indian students abroad may be away from family but they do not consider themselves ‘stranded’. They preferred to stay put where they are rather than travelling back to India and risking their families.

As universities’ shutdown across the globe due to the coronavirus outbreak, a large number of Indian students continue to live away from family at a time they need an emotional anchor the most. Apart from the daily chores of cooking, clean, and buying grocery, what is keeping all the students busy are the online classes by the university and work from home for an internship or training they were employed in beside the college

As COVID-19 rages on in Britain, Indian students and nationals find support in two volunteer organizations

18 April 2020 | The Swarajya

Action: The Indian National Students Association and the Friends of India Society UK, volunteers have been attending to distress calls and emails, providing necessary support to students and stranded Indian nationals in the UK.

Indian National Students Association an organisation dedicated to supporting Indian students in the UK quickly stepped up during this time, to provide help and support. Between the two organizations—the Indian National Students Association and the Friends of India Society UK—volunteers have attended to 690 calls and responded to 255 emails, providing necessary support to students and stranded Indian nationals in the UK.

Indian students abroad worried about their education loans

17 April 2020 | Livemint

Action: Indian students abroad with massive education loans are unsure of what the future holds, and are waiting for the storm to pass.

The main cause for anxiety is their education loans. It’s not clear if this is affecting decisions to pursue graduation abroad. Even amid the coronavirus-induced uncertainty, the desire to pursue an MBA at one of the top-10 schools is increasing. Professionals consider getting a degree from a top school a cogent growth step in their career trajectory, especially in these times when learning and/or acceleration on jobs might halt.

Foreign education plans of Indian students seems difficult to follow through 

16 April 2020 | Money Control

Action: Indian students are cancelling their plans due to shut down of college campuses across the world and uncertainty related to resumption of physical classes.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, studying in colleges abroad has almost come to a standstill for Indian students. Overseas education consultants said that uncertainty around resumption of physical classes and fears of re-infection are forcing students to re-think their decision. On one hand, while regions like Australia, New Zealand and Japan could see higher interest from 2021 onwards, consultants said that US and UK could fall out of favour for the time-being.

How COVID-19 has hit Indian students in foreign universities

16 April 2020 | The Times of India

Action: As India is one of the largest sources of international students that sent more than 0.7 million Indian students abroad as of July 2018, bringing all of them back was a major challenge with airlines cancelling their flights.

Indian students studying overseas had a tough time getting back to India after a lockdown was announced amid COVID-19 pandemic. From sleeping at the airports to being stuck in a university dormitory, coronavirus pandemic has posed several hurdles for foreign students across the world. With all the government offices closed, students have not been able to either get their visa extended or return to India.

Stranded Indian students on expiring visas and an uncertain future

16 April 2020 | News Laundry

Action: Indian students studying in Europe share their experiences of being away from home, and how this pandemic is affecting their academic and personal lives.

A part of News laundry’s ongoing series on COVID-19, Indian students studying in Europe, discuss what it’s like being stuck in Europe as a result of the pandemic. With their current student visas about to expire, they talk about graduating in these uncertain times. This uncertainty further exacerbated by their job offer being put on hold, and the indefinite suspension of international flights to India.

Embassy of India in Israel salutes Indian students for helping Israel in COVID-19 battle

15 April 2020 | Republic World

Action: The students have volunteered in collecting and testing blood samples in Israel. The Embassy of India in Israel commended these students and expressed gratitude.

Indian students in Israel are practising the good Samaritan deed by helping the Israeli authorities to fight against the Novel Coronavirus. The students have volunteered in collecting and testing blood samples in Israel. The Embassy of India in Israel saluted these students and expressed their gratitude for the same.

No need to worry about safety of students abroad, says V Muraleedharan

14 April 2020 | Mathrubhumi 

Action: Indian students are studying in UK, USA, Philippines, Moldova and Ukraine. Bringing them back to India is not feasible at the moment.

Union minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan informed that all Indian students who are stranded in foreign countries are safe. Addressing Mathrubhumi correspondent, the minister stated that the parents need not worry about the safety of their children who are studying abroad.

In the UK, £7 billion at risk if Indian, other students stay away

13 April 2020 | Hindustan Times 

Action: Unions and university officials have sought a rescue package from the Boris Johnson government to ensure the survival of centres of higher education; some were facing major financial challenges before the coronavirus hit the sector.

Less than two months ago in February end, British education and other officials were hailing the spike in the number of UK student visas issued to Indians, but now despair that many will not arrive, come September, putting billions of pounds in income at risk. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, nearly 270,000 international students were expected to start courses in UK universities this autumn, but recent reports from China – the largest non-EU group among international students – say many will stay away.

Indian students to get financial help from University of Houston

13 April 2020 | India Today

Action: The Indian students will be getting financial help of USD 1,500 from the University of Houston.

Indian students who are stuck in the USA due to the coronavirus lockdown will be given financial relief to manage their day-to-day activities including online classes conducted by their university. The University of Houston, which houses many students from India, has re-launched its emergency fund to assist students facing unexpected financial hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cougar Emergency Fund is designed to offer as much as USD 1,500 in support to eligible students for school-related costs to keep them enrolled and on track despite financial hardship caused by the pandemic.


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