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Indian students in Ukraine in dilemma, many plan to stay put | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: While the Indian embassy has advised students in Ukrainian universities to consider leaving the country temporarily – if their stay is not essential – many are planning to stay put for the time being. Universities have left the decision on students, who are confused about the repercussions of leaving their campuses in a rush. Many are worried about missing offline classes and about shelling out more money on flight tickets. Over 20,000 Indian students pursuing medical courses are estimated to be in different parts of the country, which is currently in conflict with Russia. Ukraine has been one of the sought-after destinations for Indian medical aspirants, who are unable to afford private education here.
On Tuesday, a statement issued by the Indian embassy in Kyiv read, ‘In view of the uncertainties of the current situation in Ukraine, Indian nationals in Ukraine, particularly students whose stay is not essential, may consider leaving temporarily. Indian nationals are also advised to avoid all non-essential travel to and within Ukraine’.
“The advisory is not very affirmative like it was during the pandemic. At that time, there was a directive to get all Indians back, and now it is more like a suggestion. The ticket fare has gone up by five times – from Rs 50,000 for a return trip, now the one-way fare is almost a lakh rupee. If the situation returns to normalcy, we will have to return almost immediately. Not many can afford the expensive air tickets,” said a second-year medical student from Gujarat. He also said that students have been asked to avoid domestic travel and under such circumstances, it will not make sense to travel 8-10 hours to Kyiv to board a flight.
Mahin Khan, a student from Zaporizhzhia State Medical University, said that the situation is not very bad in their city. “The administration here has advised us to stay put. But they have left the decision on us. While some are planning to go back, many are staying put. Classes will be online only for two weeks, after which the university is planning to start offline lectures. We will be spending a lot going to India, only to return in two weeks,” said Khan, who hails from Nagpur. Sahil Pal, a Mumbai student, said that his parents are concerned, but has asked him to take a call depending on the situation there. “There is uncertainty. We have been told that we will get help from the Indian government if there is an emergency,” he said, adding that the situation in universities in Kyiv and Kharkiv is a bit tense.
Rushil Mirzapure, a first-year student at Vinnytsia Medical University, which is around four hours away from Kyiv, said that their administration has asked them to remain calm. “The situation is normal here, but some are worried. Many like me have just come here and our documentation process is still going on, so returning is not an option,” he said, adding that the cost of some daily essentials has gone up in the last few days in the region. An aspirant from Thane, whose admission just got confirmed, said that she is worried about not getting the visa.

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