Ukraine-Returned Students ‘Deny’ Any Link With Protest At Jantar Mantar On Sunday

Some 'unauthorised' persons have organised the protest at Jantar Mantar Delhi, said the founder of the IUSF. "This protest has been organised for personal interest," said the founder.

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New Delhi: Several medical students, who have returned from conflict-ridden Ukraine to India, gathered along with their parents at Jantar Mantar on Sunday and requested the Centre to absorb them into the Indian medical institutions but the formal student body, the India-Ukraine Student Front (IUSF), told that “no such protest was planned by any authorised IUSF members”.

MBBS student Pulkit Pareek, founder of the India-Ukraine Student Front (IUSF), over a phone conversation informed India Ahead, that protest organised on Sunday at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar is nothing but a “fraud”.

He also claimed that some “unauthorised” and “unrecognised” people are behind this misinformation and that they are charging participation fees from the parents and students for being a part of the protest.

Pulkit also released a notice on their student front’s Twitter handle informing users about the same. The IUSF’s press release read, “Any sort of protest going to be held on Jantar Mantar on Sunday in the name of students is completely fake and only being done for personal interests.”

“We will also organise a press conference in the coming days to sound strong and clear that Ukraine returned medical students have complete faith in the government and we have no intentions to be a part of anti-government activities.”

IUSF’s WhatsApp and Telegram groups have more than 6,500 students as members who are constantly in touch with the higher authorities to seek help for their careers. Pulkit said, “Such protests will do more harm to us than any good. We are not demanding we are just requesting the government of India to absorb us in India or help us to get admission in the neighbour countries of Ukraine.”

Responding to the concerns raised by the students under IUSF, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on April 6, said in Lok Sabha that India is in touch with Ukraine’s neighbouring countries Hungary, Romania, Kazakhstan and Poland to help the evacuated medical students from the war-torn country to pursue their studies.

“We have been in touch with Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Poland (about continuing education for the students evacuated from Ukraine) because they have similar models of education,” he said in Lok Sabha.

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