Indian medical students continue to enroll in Crimean universities despite war and sanctions


The war between Russia and Ukraine has strained the Russian banking system, making payments difficult. Despite these restrictions, Indian students continue to enroll in medical universities in Crimea. These institutions have been under sanctions since the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia in 2014.

India Today met Indian students in fifth and sixth grades. As of May 16, 2022, there were approximately 2320 Indian students in total, with 300 on campus. Of the 895 students enrolled this year, 83 were freshmen. Most have opted for online courses and plan to stay in India until the war with Ukraine is resolved.

“Whenever we had any problems, the university supported us. There were students and their parents who were panicking because of the situation. The university offered them to go back to India to study online and come back when they would feel comfortable,” said Arvind, president of the Indian Student Association, in response to a question about how they were handling the situation given Crimea’s proximity to eastern Ukraine. , where a full-fledged war is underway.

While some students say their parents aren’t worried, many others say their family members are worried and want daily updates.

“We inform our parents that we are safe. Despite the fact that 90% have returned home and only a few are attending university here. Many plan to return by June to take their exams,” said a other student.

Another student described how he manages his finances. “We organize the money. It’s not the normal way. But we manage. Some Indians based here help us. Some students who come from India bring us money. We have to keep exploring the options,” she said.

While no one has been abused online for choosing to study in Crimea, a territory annexed by Russia, Russians around the world have suffered at the hands of individuals, organizations and universities because of decisions of President Putin.

On the other hand, many international relations students in Moscow have not been able to access books, Zoom meetings or courses essential to their degree course.

“While the West thinks sanctions are the only option, it has not stopped ‘military action’. On the contrary, it has only led to more hardship for ordinary people with an increase in inflation, the cost of living and restrictions on access to most online platforms,” said a Russian international relations student.

Speaking to India Today in the capital Simferopol, the rector of the Federal University of Crimea, Andrey Falaliv, not only ensured all assistance to Indians who had been admitted to various institutions across Crimea, but also offered places for Indian students who had to leave. Ukraine because of the war.

“All our students are aware of this. And they have found three ways to make payments, but we don’t talk about it in public,” the rector said in response to a question about how payments are made. .

He added, “We are trying to increase the number of Indian students from Ukraine because it is easier to go from there to Russia and Crimea. Also, the price of education is an important factor.”

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