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Can’t Even Go To Market, How Can We Travel 20 Hours?

Thousands of Indian students await rescue in Ukraine.


Having understood the educational difficulties of hacking conditions, competitions, financial constraints, for many Indian students in Ukraine, he is now fighting for survival.

“We have a lot of trouble. It is not possible for us to travel to the western border of Ukraine to cross to neighboring countries like Romania. It is about 2,000 km away from us. We can not even go to the nearest supermarket, let’s take a trip. to the west. We can hear bomb, shell all day. We have not been told how to move, “Lakshmy, student paper at Kharkiv National Medical University, told NDTV.

Lakshmy is housed in an apartment in the basement of a house near their private dormitory with other students of the same university.

“All we know is that we have to stay in these bunkers. We do not know how many times we can survive now. Food, water everything goes. We eat bananas and biscuits. With the first explosion itself, we Wi-Fi connection. Now, we talk to our families online with our SIM cards. Who knows how long this will last? ” Nandan, a third-year student living in Kharkiv, told NDTV.

Indian students in Ukraine are sheltered in bunkers, with limited access to food and heating.

These video calls of students in bunkers across Ukraine, for now, are a great comfort for helpless and distressed parents like Rafeeq Mohammad and his wife Saji Begum in Thiruvananthapuram.

“My son Aashiq should take the KROK test. That was one of the most important tests for them in May. This was one idea for them to stay behind. The situation suddenly worsened in 3-4 days. Then, whenever “We are… discovered, many planes are full, regardless of the rate. Wherever it is, it has exceeded Rs 70,000,” said Rafeeq Mohammad, retired Air Force serviceman.

Their son Aashiq is one of 18,000 students from India who studied in Ukraine.

“Aashiq is good in education but lost for a few positions. He does not like to repeat his efforts. He has friends in Ukraine. So that’s how he decided to study there. In Kerala, for private universities , costs Rs 5 lakh to be dropped annually. In Ukraine, we can save a smart semester. It comes to around Rs 1.8 lakh for six months, “Mama Aashiq Saji Begum, a teacher told NDTV.


The mother of an Indian student living in Ukraine posted her photo.

In India, a four-year private medical education program will cost Rs 6 to 10 lakh per year and will have to be paid in one go. While in Ukraine, it will cost less than Rs 4 lakh annually and can be paid in installments at the beginning of each semester. Medical universities in Ukraine are also well-known in various countries, including in Europe. This is why many Indian students set out to take degrees in deep land – an option that has created unexpected costs for many.

Miles away from Kerala, Santosh Goel tries to hold back his tears in Haryana, as he talks to his daughter Priyanka, a fourth-year medical student in Ukraine. “No, no I’m not crying, baby,” he heard her say.

Her daughter Priyanka was booked to return to India on February 26 and now everything seems uncertain.

“Medical education is expensive in Haryana. There are few seats in medical colleges here and where the seats are, the cost is very high. So, we sent our daughter abroad to study. And now, we come down in tears, ”Santosh said.

(With input from Mohammad Ghazali)

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