Last year, 25,000 Indians pursuing MBBS in China returned from their colleges in China for their winter break. Since then, these students haven’t returned to their colleges.
There is absolutely no clarity on when Beijing will lift travel restrictions for Indians. Colleges, universities, and schools are shut with no certainty as to when they will re-open. A group of students initiated a campaign called #TakeUsBackToChina, demanding the government to intervene.
Last month, Indians studying MBBS in China wrote a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They demanded the Indian government to start talks with the Chinese government, in order to help the students return to their colleges.
According to the Chinese norms, MBBS students have to complete a 52-week physical internship in assigned hospitals, after completing their five-year medical course, only then they can get their degrees.
While first, second, and third-year MBBS students are currently attending lectures online, final-year students are at a loss as their internship can only be completed once the lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Some students also claim that certain state governments in India have refused internships to those MBBS students with online degrees. This is a major challenge for those MBBS students who are in their final year or are pursuing their internships.