Explained: Why is Ukraine a top destination for Indian students?
- 18,000 students were in Ukraine before Russia invaded
- About 25% of international students in Ukraine were Indian
- Ukraine also has better housing facilities and low cost food
India has been running a flurry of evacuation flights from Ukraine since Russia invaded the Eastern European country in late February. About 18,000 students were in Ukraine before the unrest started. The question remains: Why is Ukraine a preferred destination for Indian students?
Out of the 76,000 international students in Ukraine, Indians make up about 25% of the strength. Students from other countries like Turkey, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Israel, China, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Nigeria and Turkmenistan also study in Ukraine.
Why is Ukraine a top destination?
State-run educational institutions of Ukraine reportedly have a good reputation among Indians due to the high-quality education they provide. Media reports also suggest that finances also play an important role.
Those who are unable to secure a position in government institutes in India and can not afford to pay huge sums to enroll into a private institution consider Ukraine as a feasible destination, according to Quartz India.
While reports also suggest that most Indian students in Ukraine are pursuing medical sciences, an MBBS certification would usually cost $3,500 to $5000 (Rs 2.56 lakh to 3.8 lakh) annually, according to reports from India Times.
In addition to low costs for a degree, Ukraine also reportedly has better housing facilities, low cost food and infrastructure: all important aspects students usually consider before picking their destination.
What is the current situation of students in Ukraine?
After India raised concerns over a rescue plan for students from the Ukrainian city of Sumy, humanitarian corridors were announced by Russia to provide safe passage to civilians. The Ministry of External Affairs announced on Tuesday that 700 Indian students stuck in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy are en route to the town of Poltava, around 108 miles away.
The Indian embassy also announced on Tuesday that 75 Indian sailors stranded in Mykolaiv Port had been evacuated.