MEA To Take Up Indian Students’ Travelling Issue With Foreign Countries On Priority

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New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it is taking up the issue of students’ challenges in travelling abroad to study with the respective governments on a priority basis. Several countries have imposed travel restrictions to check the spread of COVID-19.

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at an online media briefing that the ministry has been actively working to protect the interests of the Indians living abroad — be it for education, employment or any other reason. According to Bagchi, it is being done in line with the government’s policies and priorities.

“We are aware of the challenges being faced by the Indian students who are unable to join or return to foreign countries to pursue their studies. We have been taking this issue up with the governments concerned on priority. We have also requested the students facing difficulties to contact the MEA,” Bagchi was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Bagchi also said the US administration has declared that it will donate the first tranche of 25 million (2.5 crore) COVID vaccine doses to identified countries.

“On June 3, US Vice President Kamala Harris called the prime minister (Narendra Modi) on the phone to confirm that India will be among the recipient countries. We are awaiting the details about the exact quantity and type of vaccines to be given to India and the timelines for the same,” the MEA spokesperson said.

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