Indian Student evacuation flight was diverted in Ukraine

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The Indian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine asked all its nationals, including students, to temporarily leave the country due to the growing tension of violence. But Air India evacuation flight was not allowed to Ukrainian airspace.

First Air India operated a special flight evacuated some students from Ukraine. The flight landed in Delhi early Wednesday (23/Feb/2022) morning. The second flight took off from Indian air space and it was not allowed to land in Kyiv and diverted as Kyiv airport was closed after missile strikes and Ukrainian airspace is now closed for civilian aircraft due to the risk of Russian attacks.

About 20,000 Indian students, including many from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, are pursuing higher education, mostly medical, dental and nursing courses in the universities there.

Most of the universities in Ukraine have good infrastructure. Those universities were established decades earlier, and offer cheaper courses than in India. So it is competitive to earn a degree for a cheaper rate and from European Country. The cost to earn an MBBS is between $3,500 and $5,000, less than half of what it would cost in a private institution in India. The Indian Medical Council also recognises degrees from Ukraine.

Besides medicine, many Indians also pursue engineering, aviation, aircraft engineering and architecture courses in Ukraine. Indian students account for nearly a quarter of foreigners studying in Ukraine.

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