For many Indian students who are stuck in Ukraine amidst the war-like situation, the scenario has now become more dramatic and fearful. With the closure of the Ukrainian airspace, it has become difficult for many countries to get their citizens back to safe lands. In India too, the situation is nothing different. More than 20,000 Indian students are reportedly stuck in Ukraine and desperately searching for safe places to take shelter.
A video circulating on Twitter yesterday showed how the Indian students were stranded at the Kyiv railway station and they were seen begging for help. The state-wise numbers are also umpteen. To have a clear idea, let’s take a look at the state-wise numbers of students who are now stranded in Ukraine.
Amidst the escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, nearly 1,200 students from Maharashtra have been stranded. The families as well as the students have requested help. As per a Hindustan Times report, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed for necessary co-ordinations with the Centre to get in touch with the students. In addition to that, Uday Samant, the minister of higher and technical education, has written to the Prime Minister requesting arrangements to bring these students back.
In an official tweet by the chief minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan, the minister said that there are 2320 students from the state who are stranded in Ukraine. Mr Vijayan demanded that the students should be brought back to the country. Through his letter, the minister requested intervention to make necessary arrangements for bringing back the students.
As many as 91 students hailing from 22 districts of Karnataka have been stranded in Ukraine. Out of this, the highest number is from Bengaluru, i.e. 28. A report presented by The Hindu states that the information has been shared with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Ukraine for making arrangements to safely evacuate the stranded students.
3. Madhya Pradesh
The latest reports regarding the Indian students from MP states that the number is 46. Reportedly, they are now safe and have been registered with the Chief Minister’s helpline number. However, the figure could also go higher. These students have been advised to follow the instructions of the Indian Embassy in Ukraine. Additionally, they have been provided with the call centre numbers along with other details like the email IDs.
4. Jammu and Kashmir
Nearly 180 to 200 students from Kashmir are reported to be stranded in Ukraine. The parents of these students have contacted the concerned authorities who have now taken up the issue with the Ministry of External Affairs. Various stakeholders have demanded the immediate and safe evacuation of these students. The students are mostly pursuing professional and non-professional courses in the colleges and universities of the country.