Amid Indian Embassy notice, China says 1300 visas issued to Indian medical students

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1,300 Indian students have received Chinese visas according to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Photo: PTI

China said on Monday that 1,300 Indian medical students had obtained visas despite Covid-19 restrictions in the East Asian country, which has experienced a prolonged lockdown.

“As far as I know, despite COVID-19, progress has been made in the cross-border flow of personnel between China and India. At least 1,300 Indian students have received Chinese visas,” in response to a question reports on Chinese universities delaying “No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to Indian students,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a press briefing.

Lijian also advised Indian students to stay in close contact with their universities and plan their return to campuses.

“Communication channels between Indian students and Chinese universities remain open. We suggest that Indian students keep in close contact with their universities and plan their return to campus according to the arrangement of their universities,” added Lijian.

Lack of NOCs from Chinese universities affects Indian students

According to the media, 40 Chinese universities have not issued the NOCs required to apply for Chinese visas. Although many universities were unable to respond to requests for NOCs, some cited local containment measures adopted by provincial authorities as a major reason for their inability.

“I know that you have been following the developments regarding the return of Indian students to China very closely. I refer you to the relevant Chinese authorities. I can tell you that the Chinese government welcomes foreign students to resume or begin their studies in China, and the Government has provided possible assistance to students in need. Foreign students who wish to acquire a degree in China can apply for visas at Chinese embassies and consulates abroad. Since August 24, foreigners with ‘a valid residence permit to study can enter China directly with this permit,’ the spokesperson said when answering questions about whether there is a time limit for issuing the same documents to students from other countries.

Although China has started issuing visas to Indian students, the suspension of flights between the country and India has affected thousands of students despite obtaining their NOCs from Chinese universities. Many are also betting on countries like Hong Kong and Sri Lanka as alternative routes, as the Free Press Journal reports, even if that proves costly.

Indian Embassy warns students in China in recent advisory

Earlier on Sunday, the Indian Embassy in Beijing issued a detailed notice to students planning to study medicine in China.

“The Embassy continues to receive inquiries from prospective Indian students as well as their parents regarding the eligibility of Indian students pursuing a clinical medicine program in China to sit for the qualifying examination conducted by the National Medical Commission of India,” reads the press release sent. by the Embassy.

The Embassy has advised Indian medical students and their parents to consult the Gazette Notification dated November 18, 2021 from the National Medical Commission (NMC).

“It stated unambiguously in clause 4(b) that overseas medical students must be ‘registered with the respective professional regulatory body or otherwise competent to grant the license to practice medicine in their respective jurisdiction. of the country in which the medical degree is awarded and at the same level as the license to practice medicine granted to a citizen of that country,” the statement added.

The Embassy has also informed relevant Chinese authorities and medical colleges of a request to ensure that all Indian students coming to China for clinical medicine programs are educated, trained and facilitated so that they can meet the above NMC requirements.

“Any student who joins a clinical medicine program in China after November 2021 and does not obtain a license to practice as a doctor in China, will be rendered ineligible to sit for the graduate medical school examination at the ‘stranger,’ the statement read.

The embassy also responded to a question on whether Indian students can work in Chinese hospitals as “assistant doctors” after completing their medical studies in China, but fail to obtain a medical license. doctor in China to enable them to earn a living. and repay student loans.

“The Embassy has officially contacted the relevant Chinese authorities to confirm the existence of such an option. The Embassy will share any information, when received from the Chinese side, in its social media handles,” the statement said. .

The Indian Embassy has also advised all prospective Indian students to refer to previous notices as well as relevant NMC regulations before exploring options to study clinical medicine programs in China.

“Prospective students/parents are advised to directly reconfirm all terms of reference for admission directly with the relevant university(ies) in China, prior to accepting such admission,” the statement read.

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