The process of return of Indian students to China has already begun.
China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated at a press conference on April 29, 2022, “China attaches high importance to Indian students’ concern about returning to China to resume their studies, and has shared with the Indian side the procedure and experience of the return of students from other countries.”
“The work on the return of Indian students has in fact begun and what needs to be done now is for the Indian side to submit a name list of students who have the needs to return to China.”
Lijian went on to say that China recognises that the number of Indian students is “so large that it takes some time” for India to gather the necessary information. “Overall, China is ready for the return of some Indian students,” he said.
Lijian emphasised that the current COVID situation is complex and severe, and that plans for the return of international students to China must be coordinated. This is due to the changing international epidemic situation as well as the students’ majors. “This principle applies equally to all international students,” he explained.
In response to a question about the timeline for returning Indian students, Lijian stated, “I don’t have an answer on the specific arrangement at the moment.”
Since China recognises that some students are on government scholarships and understands students’ desire to continue their studies in China, he stated that the Chinese government “has provided financial support to them” in the hope that once they finish their studies, they will act as a bridge of friendship between their countries and China.
Lijian couldn’t really confirm the majors of students who will be allowed to return, but he did say, “I’m sure there will be communication on them through existing channels, including our embassy, to deliver on the good news.” Previously, Indian students held online campaigns to facilitate their return to China.
Due to the country’s prolonged border closure, international students have faced numerous challenges. Many had left important personal belongings in their dormitories, believing they would only be gone for winter break, while others are struggling to adjust to online learning.
Students enrolled in programmes with practical components, such as the MBBS, were in jeopardy because online medical degrees are not recognised in their home country. In the midst of COVID-19-related travel restrictions, India’s National Medical Commission advised Indian students to conduct thorough research before deciding to pursue medical education in China. According to the council, which regulates medical education and medical professionals in India, fully online medical courses are not recognised or approved.
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