NEW DELHI: Indian students who’ve bagged scholarships to study at a number of European Union (EU) international locations are going through an unsure time within the wake of the Covid-19 travel restrictions nonetheless in power in lots of of those international locations like Spain, Italy, France and Czech Republic.
The universities there are gearing up for bodily courses, however college students say their visa utility is but to be processed. They have now began a petition urging Council of European Union to think about their scenario. So far, 2,000 college students have signed it. Most of those college students can’t defer their journey as they’re going to study on scholarship.
Divya Sinha is one such pupil who has obtained the Erasmus Mundus Mobility Programme scholarship to study in Spain. “The scholarship cannot be deferred. It is either I go or I don’t go at all. This uncertainty is adding to my stress. I am going for a masters programme in vaccinology and physical classes are necessary for it,” stated Sinha, a graduate from Jamia Hamdard.
Some different EU international locations, together with Belgium, Germany and Austria, have exempted college students from India and Nepal, Sinha added.
Sanjay, who has obtained a scholarship to do a masters diploma in Mediterranean forestry and pure useful resource administration at University of Padua in Italy, has been ready to apply for his visa.
“My classes begin from September 15 and I have to reach one week before it. The third party for visa has stopped accepting applications and are waiting for a confirmation from the embassy,” stated Sanjay.
For Shubham, the deadline to be a part of a French college is even earlier. His course begins on August 30. As he has been vaccinated with Covaxin, he would require one other 10 days to stay below quarantine.
He will do a masters in photonics at Jean Monnet University in France with a Erasmus Mundus scholarship. “I have managed to submit my visa application but the issuing process has not begun. As my course is related to applied physics, I will suffer if I miss lab sessions,” stated Shubham, who’s from Rajasthan.
Anshuman, who’s to go to a college in Germany’s Munich, has one other downside. His visa utility, submitted in July, was rejected. “I have applied again, but don’t know how long it is going to take,” stated the astrophysics PhD pupil.
In the petition, the scholars have requested the council to “urge embassies and consulates to prioritise visa processing for study purposes and allow vaccinated students to enter the European countries”.