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J&K students seek MEA help to return to Bangladesh for attending MBBS exams

Bangladesh has suspended flights from India


The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association (JKSA) has written to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar to help facilitate the travel of Kashmiri medical students studying in Bangladesh so that they don’t miss their exams.

Over a hundred Kashmiri students who are enrolled in different medical colleges of Bangladesh are stuck in Kashmir due to the pandemic in the country.

The JKSA told the minister that examinations in different universities and medical colleges in Bangladesh will commence on May 31 and the students need to be in the country to attend their exams.

The letter said the exams were postponed on April 3 and students were told that the new dates would be announced two weeks after the Eid-ul-Fitr that is celebrated at the end of Ramzan.

It said due to the second wave of COVID-19, hundreds of students returned to India and now all of a sudden, new dates of the exams have been announced.

It said as the Bangladesh government has suspended air travel with India, the students must be ensured a flight back to the neighbouring country as the future of them is at stake.

“Keeping in view the above facts, we request your  good self to resolve the issue on humanitarian grounds and facilitate our travel to Bangladesh,’’ the letter said. 

“We request you to direct the concerned officials to act swiftly and provide necessary assistance to Kashmiri students so that we are able to attend examination on time,” it said.

Bangladesh has proved to be one of the favourite destinations for scores of Kashmiri students to pursue different MBSS and other professional courses for many years now. Bangladesh being a Muslim country, Kashmiri students find it easy to adjust to the life and food there. That both India and Bangladesh maintain a good relation is also an added advantage for these students.

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