The pandemic has also disrupted his job plans as the completion of his course has been pushed back. “I am working from home on my thesis but my assignments have been delayed as I cannot finish any practical work. Due to this my graduation has been pushed back by months and is now likely to happen in December,” says the scholar.
While students are worried about the situation, they have no plans to pull out of the universities. “I am in my second semester and cannot look at other options and waste the years that I have already invested,” says Rishaw Raj, an MBBS student at Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Wuhan. He adds that diplomatic tensions have never affected students on campus and they continue to receive support from the institutes. “We have been attending online classes for the past five months and have even appeared for semester end exams last week,” says Raj.
Divyakshi Kukshal who is pursuing a fully-funded International MBA degree from Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, Beijing says “The tensions have not affected the academic activities.”
“Its natural for the family members of students to get worried, as everyone remains concerned over the safety,” adds Kukshal, who is keen on getting back to the campus as soon as her university allows. There may be a dip in fresh enrolments from India as students will not opt for China because of the current situation but those already enrolled would want to complete their degrees.