China to allow return of some Indian students

NEW DELHI: Beijing has started the process to facilitate the return of Indian students to China on a “need-assessed basis” by asking India to submit a list of students who really need to rejoin their classes there. More than 20,000 Indian students came back to India two years ago because of the Covid outbreak.
Foreign minister S Jaishankar had requested his counterpart in a meeting last month to allow the Indian students to return. The Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday it is prepared for the return of “some” students.
“China understands the number of Indian students is so large that it takes some time for the Indian side to collect information. We have shared with the Indian sides the procedures and experience of other countries’ students returning,” said the spokesperson.
China hasn’t set any timeline for students’ return
While Beijing has set the ball rolling for Indian students to return on a “need-assessed” basis, no timeline has been set for it. Indian students wanting to return to China should provide the necessary information by filling up a Google Form on the website of the Indian mission by May 8, the Indian embassy in Beijing said in a press release.
The Chinese side will then consult relevant departments and varsities to verify the list and indicate whether the identified students can travel to complete the course.
“Following the meeting of external affairs minister of India Dr S Jaishankar with the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi on 25 March 2022, the Chinese side has expressed its willingness to consider facilitating the return of Indian students to China on a need-assessed basis,” the Indian embassy said in a statement.
Asked about the timeline to permit the return of Indian students, the Chinese spokesperson said the Chinese embassy in India and existing channels will work to facilitate and offer convenience to the students.
To another question whether China has provided any criteria to India to select students to return, he said, “I don’t have the information about the specifics you asked but I am sure these details will be sorted out through communication through existing channels including the embassy so that we will actually deliver the good news”.

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