New Delhi: India
Wednesday issued an advisory asking Indian students already
pursuing or planning to study in the Eurasian region to
cross-check facts about the security situation and education
standards in countries in the region.
The advisory comes in the wake of a surge in the number of Indians
pursuing or planning to take up short-term (up to three years or
less) courses, including medical courses, at various universities
and institutes in some countries of the Eurasia region.
"Some of the universities/institutions are located in places with
fragile law and order situations, instability or conditions
generally not conducive for the pursuit of educational courses by
foreign students," the external affairs ministry said in its
"Further, the degrees/certificates awarded by some of these
universities/institutions are still not recognized outside these
regions," said the advisory.
The Eurasian region comprises Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
Uzbekistan and Georgia.
The ministry has asked Indian students who are planning to pursue
courses in the CIS/Eurasia region to satisfy themselves about
physical safety and living conditions, standards of education,
recognition of degrees/certificates and general credentials of the
educational institutions before heading to these countries.
The ministry also underlined that students planning to pursue
higher studies in the Eurasia region should know that this region
is separate from the Euro/Schengen Zone and, therefore, travel to
Western Europe from this region requires requisite visas and
Last year, over 100 Indians students got trapped in the worst
violence to hit Kyrgyzstan in decades. Indian authorities had to
be evacuated from the violence-hit area.