Medical students ask PM Modi to help them rejoin university in China

#PMModiHelpIntlStudents: Students are appealing to prime minister Narendra Modi for help using hashtags like #takeUsBackToChina on social media

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R. Radhika | July 12, 2021 | 04:16 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Unable to rejoin their universities in China, medical students across India are asking for prime minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to help them go back.

For the past 18 months, medical students have been attending online lessons after returning to India in January 2020 for holidays. After the pandemic hit, the Chinese government imposed strict restrictions debarring international students from entering the country.

For many, the lack of access to hands-on experience and practical classes has triggered anxiety about missing out on proper medical training. For some conducting research in online mode has become difficult without necessary resources and medical equipment.

According to 2019 data, over 23,000 Indian students studied in different courses in Chinese universities and colleges. Of them, a majority of students, over 21,000 enrolled to study MBBS, PTI reported.

Students asking for PM Modi’s help started an online campaign using hashtags #PMModiHelpIntlStudents and #takeUsBackToChina on Monday.

On March 22, the Indian embassy in China had issued a statement saying the matter of students’ return is being taken up with the authorities. “As noted in its previous communications, the Embassy of India in Beijing has continued to follow up closely with Chinese authorities, including the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, regarding the concerns of Indian students in China, especially their early return to colleges/universities in this country,” the statement said.

Students individually reaching out to their respective universities in China are also not given definite answers. “When we asked our university they told us that they can only teach online for three semesters and now it is completed. So from now on we want offline classes. Please arrange an official talk for [international] students,” wrote one medico. Another complained about the arbitrary hours of online classes and use of mobile phone applications that are banned in India.

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