Sunday, February 27, 2022

51 Gujarat students arrive home from Ukraine

Ahmedabad: As many as 51 students from Gujarat who were stuck in war-torn Ukraine arrived in various cities of the state Sunday after their evacuation flight from Romanian capital of Bucharest landed in Mumbai Saturday night.

Of the 51 students, 15 reached Ahmedabad from Mumbai around 2 pm on a Volvo bus arranged by the Gujarat government. Another 15 students were dropped at Vadodara and the remaining in other cities such as Vapi, Ankleshwar and Anand during the journey.

All 15 students who arrived in Ahmedabad are medical students pursuing their six-year MBBS course in Bukovinian State Medical University (BSMU) in Chernivtsi of Ukraine. Around 1,500-2,000 students from India are currently enrolled in BSMU.

Nilesh Tiwari (20), a third-year student at BSMU, said they were evacuated as per a list of Indian students sent by the university to the embassy. “We were evacuated as per the list. Students of the last two lists from the university are yet to be evacuated. We reached the Romania border by bus and over there, the embassy officials made us cross the border. Our immigration was done on the spot. From the border, we reached the Bucharest city airport in Romania by bus, which was also arranged by the embassy officials,” said Tiwari.

The students arrived in Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on a special Air India flight from the Bucharest airport. State Education Minister Jitu Vaghani said another flight has landed in Delhi in which another 27 students from the state have arrived. They, too, will be brought home on a Volvo bus. “The remaining students from Gujarat who are still stuck in Ukraine will be brought to India at the earliest,” he assured.

Vaghani said both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel acted as parents of the stranded students. “…the governments of both Narendrabhai and Bhupendrabhai became their (the students’) parents and ensured their return from Ukraine to India. Discussions were made with Russia, Ukraine and other neighbouring countries to ensure that students from Gujarat return to their homes,” said Vaghani during a felicitation ceremony organised by the state government at Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) building in Vastrapur of Ahmedabad.

27/02/22 Indian Express

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