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403 Indian Students Passed Away in Abroad, Navigating Challenges and Ensuring Vigilance

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The Indian government disclosed in Parliament that 403 Indian students have lost their lives abroad since 2018, citing reasons such as natural causes, medical complications, and accidents. Highlighting the concerning trend, Union Minister V Muraleedharan presented the data in the Rajya Sabha, with Canada recording the highest number of student deaths among 34 nations.

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According to the ministry’s data, Canada reported 91 deaths of Indian students since 2018, followed by the United Kingdom (48), Russia (40), the United States (36), Australia (35), Ukraine (21), Germany (20), Cyprus (14), Italy, and the Philippines (10 each).

Muraleedharan reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the safety and well-being of Indian students abroad. He stressed ongoing efforts to address individual cases promptly and prevent future untoward incidents. The minister highlighted that heads of mission and senior officials regularly engage with Indian students studying overseas.

“The safety and security of Indian students abroad is one of the foremost priorities for the Government of India,” Muraleedharan asserted. In the event of any untoward incident, he assured swift action, with the government liaising with host country authorities to ensure proper investigations and the punishment of perpetrators.

He also mentioned the comprehensive consular assistance offered to distressed students, including emergency medical care, boarding, and lodging when needed.

Responding to concerns about the high number of student deaths, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi acknowledged the increasing trend of Indian students studying abroad. He emphasized that while individual incidents are investigated, consulates actively engage with affected families and collaborate with local authorities.

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The spokesperson urged caution in interpreting the statistics, stating, “I don’t know if this is an issue that merits taking up with the government.” He highlighted the consulates’ proactive role in addressing cases involving foul play and other incidents during the weekly briefing with reporters.

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