Universities reach out to Indian students with support

As the Indian government’s first phase of repatriations from the United Kingdom to India begins, many Indian students in the UK still face a long wait before they can fly home. In the meantime, UK universities said they wanted students to know that support continues to be available, reports the Press Trust of India.

“We are aware that many Indian students are concerned about money and accommodation, are missing their families and are understandably distressed to be far from home during this global pandemic. My message to those students is: please, please speak to your university,” said Vivienne Stern, director of Universities UK International, which represents 143 UK university leaders.

Universities UK said that support offered by universities includes delivering food to students, providing hardship funds for students in financial difficulty, waiving accommodation fees or moving international students into accommodation where they can look after them by providing cleaning, security and catering. Universities are also providing pastoral and mental health support.
Full report on the Hindustan Times site