Another semester online for medical students enrolled in Chinese varsities?
The affected students had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter and facilitate the students’ return through an open letter
With merely weeks left before the beginning of the new semester, Indian students enrolled in medical courses in China are now gearing up for yet another semester online. Their efforts to complete their course in their college in China have not borne fruits yet.
“In a couple of weeks, our new semester will kick-off. There has been no communication from the university regarding international students’ return to campuses. As medical students, we have already completed three semesters online, without any practical experience,” said a third-year medical student, on the condition of anonymity.
In June, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) issued a notice in favour of students studying in international universities, stuck in India due to the pandemic. MEA asked such students to write to its Overseas Indian Affairs (OIA) office about difficulties in reaching out to their university.
“Indian students studying abroad who are stuck in India owing to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and mobility issues can send their coordinates, that is, email ID and mobile number to OIA-II division at emails: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com,” said the notice on the official website.
Thereafter, affected students had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter and facilitate the students’ return through an open letter.
“Nothing much has come of it. We informed our university about the difficulties we have been facing while attending online classes. In response, we were asked to refer to study material online if we are not able to understand well during classes,” said a third-year student from Jianghan University in Wuhan.
Students have been complaining that online classes and uncertainty over their return to campuses have led to mental stress. “Studying online for a prolonged time is exacting an immense mental toll on students. An increasing number of students are suffering from anxiety and stress due to uncertainty in the tentative date of return,” said students in an open letter issued earlier.
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