Students told to ‘stay in touch’ with Chinese universities

China has asked hundreds of Indian students stranded at home due to the coronavirus pandemic to remain in touch with their respective colleges and follow instructions to protect their academic progress through online courses as foreign students are still not allowed to enter the country, reports PTI.

Over 23,000 Indian students studied different courses in Chinese universities and colleges, of which over 21,000 were enrolled to study medicine, according to last year’s data. Most of these students left for India during the Chinese New Year holidays in January, just around the time when the coronavirus pandemic began spreading in China, following which international travel has been badly disrupted.

Earlier, the Indian embassy took up with Chinese officials the concerns of a large number of Indian students following an official announcement that foreign students and teachers would not return to their colleges until further notice. In its response, the Chinese Education Ministry said: “It requires relevant universities in China to maintain close contact with the students, immediately notify [them of] relevant information and try their best to protect students’ academic progress through online courses, properly respond to students’ reasonable demands and help solve their practical difficulties.”
Full report on The Economic Times site