Life At Stake, students switch to Share & Care mode | Chandigarh News

Chandigarh: Sharing and caring seems to be the buzzword for Haryana’s aspiring doctors stranded in Ukraine’s war-torn Kharkiv.
Aspirins and stethoscopes have been replaced by playing cards and mobile games, and laboratories and classrooms have been replaced by general talks to motivate each other to take refuge in the bunkers of their hostels.
All this happens with the rationed use of mobile phones and the internet, so that they do not lose connection with the families left behind in India.
“We are here by choice and for better and cheap medical education compared to India. It is unfortunate that we are caught in this situation. Anyway, now we face everything with the hope that things will improve in the times to come,” said Sidhant Tanwar from Panchkula.
Sidhant and his first cousin Priyanshu joined Kharkiv National Medical University for the medical course. The cousins ​​are among hundreds of Haryana students stranded there.
Harminderjeet Kaur, a third-year student, said: ‘Fear has crept in because there is advice to stay where we are. Either way, we pass the time with a prayer for things to get better and get back to school,” she said.
Back home, their worried parents are now regretting the decision and cursing local governments for the inadequate seats with more expensive medical training in the country, especially in Punjab and Haryana.
“Just see the difference as you get a degree in Rs 18 lakh to 30 lakh including food and life in Ukraine. While in Haryana, even the government fee (including bond) goes up to Rs 40 lakh for the course. While for private colleges, the cost ranges between Rs 60 lakh to Rs 90 lakh. And that excludes hostel fees and food. While rest is also reservation policies. That’s why we were forced to send children abroad,” said Satpal Tanwar, father of a student stranded in Ukraine.
Either way, we are left with nothing but prayers for the safety of our children, he said, adding that he hoped the government would take care of those stranded there as best they could.
Desh Deepak Taneja, a lawyer from Ambala whose daughter is studying in Ukraine, said: “You can very well understand the pain of parents of girls. We had an option two months ago. But, we could not assess the seriousness of the situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a related development, officials from Haryana’s Department of Foreign Co-operatives maintained that they were in touch with parents as well as students. “Our students are truly brave. The CM himself is in contact with the heads of the MEA and other agencies. We hope to be able to evacuate safely,” said Pawan Chaudhary, Haryana CM adviser in the Foreign Cooperation Department.

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