In the wake of the murders of Indian students in America, parents are expressing fear for the safety and well-being of their children studying abroad.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha during the session of Parliament, he said that 403 Indian students have died abroad since 2018 due to various reasons. These include natural causes, accidents and medical conditions.
Jaishankar was replying to a question asked by Telugu Desam Party MP Galla Jayadev that the government has introduced any schemes and programs for the welfare and awareness of Indian students abroad. According to the data of the Ministry of External Affairs, 91 in Canada, 48 in UK, 35 in Australia, 40 in Russia. , 36 in America, 21 in Ukraine, 14 in Cyprus, 20 in Germany, 10 in Italy, and one each in China, Qatar and Kyrgyzstan, revealed that Indian students lost their lives.
Galla asked whether the government has any policy regarding the security and protection of Indian students in conflict and troubled areas around the world. Jaishankar said on this that the welfare of Indian students is the main priority of the government. Indian missions are providing all kinds of assistance to the students who have registered to study in foreign universities.
He said that wherever Indian students are enrolled in universities abroad, the missions are in touch with them from time to time. The foreign minister revealed that 23,906 Indian citizens, including students, have been repatriated due to the conflicts that took place in many countries in the last three years.
Union Minister Jaishankar mentioned that Operation Ganga and Operation Ajay are prime examples of this.