Poor response from Ukraine returnees in Kerala on Russia offer to facilitate studies

Indians evacuating Ukraine: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Thousands of Indian students who fled Ukraine following the late-February Russian invasion of the country are struggling to continue education. Though around 3,379 Keralite students had returned from Ukraine during the early days of the war which is still on nearly five months later, only five students have expressed their willingness to continue their education in Russia.

Roman Babushkin, Deputy Chief of the Russian Embassy in India, had announced, on 12 June, that facilities could be arranged for Indian students who had returned from Ukraine to continue their education in Russia. Interested Keralite students were instructed to report at the Russia House in Thiruvananthapuram, with their academic documents.

Ratheesh C Nair, Honorary Russian Consul in Thiruvananthapuram, said that even though 550 students had contacted on phone, only five had submitted the documents.

He added that the admission process through the Russian House in Thiruvananthapuram has ended. Those who wish to apply can now apply directly through the website https://studyinrussia.ru/en.

The Indian authorities had offered to arrange facilities for the medical students who had returned from war-torn Ukraine to continue their education in Russia. However, Keralite students are reportedly reluctant to accept this.

Most students hope that they would be allowed to continue their medical education in India itself.

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