Study Abroad Dreams Shattered Or Delayed Due To COVID-19, Students Look For Plan B

Study Abroad Dreams Shattered Or Delayed Due To COVID-19, Students Look For Plan B

Study abroad dreams shattered or delayed due to COVID-19, students look for plan B

New Delhi:

With an acceptance letter from Australia’s Deakin University, 21-year-old Triptha Luthra was on cloud nine a month back but is now glued to TV following news updates from across the globe about the coronavirus pandemic as uncertainty surrounds her study abroad dream. For Anoushka Ray, who had plans to go to New York for the session beginning in September, the development is demotivating but not a factor to change her entire life plan. However, Tara Osan, who had acceptance letters from multiple colleges in Canada and Italy, believes it’s time to look for a plan B and apply for colleges in India.

The three are among, several students whose study abroad plans have either been shattered or delayed due to lockdown restrictions imposed in various countries across the globe leading to suspension of classes and visa processes due to the COVID-19 situation.

“I had plans to study Masters in Architecture at Deakin University in Australia. I was supposed to go there soon and was waiting for my exams for undergraduate degree to be over. I wanted to go before classes begin to look for internships as well as get accustomed to the place and surroundings. But now it feels like time has frozen,” she told PTI.

“I had not applied for further studies in any college in India and the option of taking up a job or internship also looks a distant dream here with the economic slowdown on the doorstep once the lockdown is lifted,” she added.

Tara Osan, a Shri Ram School student, who wanted to study Advertising either in Italy or in Canada, believes that for students who opted for IB curriculum, studying abroad was a plan in mind since long.

“Two months back, I was elated to be counting the number of options I had but now it is a very demotivating phase. Our class 12 exams are also suspended and will be evaluated on basis of internal assessments. So it’s a feeling that lot needs to be done to get future plans in order but everything is on hold.

“Studying abroad does not look like a possible thing this year so I will now look for a plan B and start applying for colleges here,” she said.

However, for Anoushka Ray, who wanted to study Liberal Arts in New York, the plan is only deferred but not cancelled.

“Planning to study abroad is a long process, I have invested way too much both financially as well as mentally in the process so altering an entire life plan because of the situation at the moment, does not seem to be wise decision. I will go for next session but I will go. I am reaching out to my university in New York to see if my admission can be considered for next fall,” she said.

According to Study Abroad counsellors, the situation looks grim and might affect long term plans for many.

“There are many students who have already got admission but are now reconsidering because the classes have moved online and there is no clarity by when situation will improve. So for students, who actually want to live abroad, paying hefty fees just to attended classes online does not seem to be a lucrative option,” Anupam Singha, who runs a Study Abroad consultancy firm in Delhi, told PTI.

Interviews and announcements for several fellowship opportunities are also on hold in view of the uncertainty, putting plans on hold for many, who depend on funding help for studying abroad.

However, “Chevening” which is a prestigious international awards programme run by the UK government and has helped over 50,000 professionals to study in the country since 1983, is working to ensure plans are not affected.

“At this current time, we are liaising closely with local British embassies and High Commissions, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and host institutions to make arrangements for Chevening Fellowships due to commence soon.

“For applications in process, we are aware that many countries are currently in various stages of lockdown or have in place other restrictions due to coronavirus. We are working to reduce disruption to interviews as much as possible. This may mean your interview will be conducted online or by telephone. We will make every effort to ensure your interview can still take place,” the Chevening Secretriat said, in a message posted on its website.

More than 11 lakh cases of infection, including 60,457 deaths, have been reported in 190 countries and territories around the world since the virus first emerged in China in December, 2019.Italy has the highest official death toll with 14,681 fatalities. Spain follows with 11,744, the United States with 7,159, France with 6,507 and Britain with 4,313.

In India, the number of COVID-19 deaths inched towards 100 on Saturday and the count of confirmed infections rose by a new single-day record of over 600 to cross 3,600, but the government said there was no need to panic as the rate of spread was less than in many other countries and just “one place” accounted for 30 per cent of detected cases.

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World

12,03,041Cases

8,91,400Active

2,46,848Recovered

64,793Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 181 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 12,03,041 and 64,793 have died; 8,91,400 are active cases and 2,46,848 have recovered as on April 5, 2020 at 9:27 am.

India

3,374 472Cases

3,030 380Active

267 83Recovered

77 9Deaths

In India, there are 3,374 confirmed cases including 77 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,030 and 267 have recovered as on April 5, 2020 at 9:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

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Pune51

Mumbai Suburban41

Sangli24

Nagpur15

Thane14

Ahmednagar11

Raigad5

Palghar5

Buldhana4

Yavatmal4

Satara2

Kolhapur1

Jalgaon1

Nashik1

Aurangabad1

Ratnagiri1

Gondia1

Sindhudurg1

Details Awaited*134

490

472

42

24

DistrictCases

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Coimbatore33

Tirunelveli28

Erode25

Namakkal17

Dindigul13

Madurai11

Theni10

Karur9

Tiruppur8

Thiruvarur6

Kanniyakumari5

Salem5

Sivaganga5

Virudhunagar4

Thoothukudi4

Kanchipuram3

Ramanathapuram2

Vellore2

The Nilgiris1

Ariyalur1

Tiruvannamalai1

Tiruchirappalli1

Details Awaited*243

485 74

482 75

6

3 1

DistrictCases

South77

South West14

West10

East9

North West9

South East9

North East8

North6

Central4

New Delhi3

Shahdara2

Details Awaited*294

445

436

15

6

DistrictCases

Kasaragod54

Kannur25

Ernakulam18

Pathanamthitta14

Kozhikode6

Malappuram6

Thiruvananthapuram6

Thrissur5

Idukki3

Kottayam3

Palakkad3

Alappuzha2

Kollam1

Wayanad1

Details Awaited*159

306 11

259 3

49 8

2

DistrictCases

Hyderabad55

Warangal Urban12

Medchal Malkajgiri9

Ranga Reddy7

Karimnagar5

Mahabubnagar4

Kamareddy4

Bhadradri Kothagudem4

Nalgonda3

Sangareddy2

Nizamabad2

Jogulamba Gadwal2

Suryapet1

Mulugu1

Nagarkurnool1

Jangoan1

Mahabubabad1

Medak1

Details Awaited*154

269 110

244 79

32 31

7

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar28

Meerut12

Agra11

Lucknow7

Ghaziabad6

Baghpat2

Moradabad2

Bareilly1

Ghazipur1

Jaunpur1

Kanpur Nagar1

Kheri1

Pilibhit1

Varanasi1

Shamli1

Details Awaited*151

227 53

210 53

19

2

DistrictCases

Jaipur35

Bhilwara23

Jodhpur14

Tonk9

Jhunjhunu8

Churu6

Ajmer5

Dungarpur3

Bharatpur2

Pratapgarh2

Sikar1

Udaipur1

Jaisalmer1

Pali1

Alwar1

Dholpur1

Dausa1

Details Awaited*86

200

179

21

0

DistrictCases

Visakhapatnam3

Krishna2

Chittoor1

East Godavari1

Guntur1

Spsr Nellore1

Prakasam1

Details Awaited*151

161

161

1

1

DistrictCases

Bengaluru Urban38

Mysuru11

Uttar Kannad9

Chikballapur9

Dakshin Kannad4

Kalaburagi3

Udupi3

Bengaluru Rural2

Davangere2

Chitradurga1

Dharwad1

Kodagu1

Tumakuru1

Details Awaited*59

144 16

136 17

12

4 1

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad32

Surat10

Gandhinagar9

Vadodara9

Rajkot7

Bhavnagar4

Porbandar3

Gir Somnath2

Kachchh1

Mahesana1

Botad1

Details Awaited*26

105

101

14

10

DistrictCases

Indore66

Jabalpur7

Ujjain5

Bhopal4

Gwalior2

Shivpuri2

Details Awaited*18

104

110

0

6

DistrictCases

Srinagar17

Bandipora11

Badgam7

Udhampur4

Jammu3

Rajauri3

Baramulla2

Pulwama2

Shopian2

Details Awaited*41

92 17

90 16

4 1

2

DistrictCases

Kolkata15

Nadia5

Hooghly4

24 Paraganas North3

Medinipur East3

24 Paraganas South2

Howrah2

Medinipur West1

Details Awaited*34

69

62

10 7

3

DistrictCases

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar18

S.a.s Nagar9

Hoshiarpur5

Jalandhar5

Amritsar2

Ludhiana2

Patiala1

Details Awaited*15

57

61

1

5

DistrictCases

Gurugram25

Faridabad6

Panipat4

Sirsa3

Panchkula2

Ambala1

Hisar1

Sonipat1

Palwal1

Details Awaited*5

49

25

24

0

DistrictCases

Patna5

Munger4

Saharsa2

Begusarai1

Lakhisarai1

Nalanda1

Siwan1

Details Awaited*15

30

31

0

1

DistrictCases

Marigaon2

Karimganj1

Nalbari1

Details Awaited*20

24

24

0

0

DistrictCases

Dehradun6

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*15

22 6

20 6

2

0

DistrictCases

Khordha3

Details Awaited*17

20 15

20 15

0

0

DistrictCases

Chandigarh16

Details Awaited*2

18

18

0

0

DistrictCases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil2

Details Awaited*1

14

4

10 7

0

DistrictCases

North And Middle Andaman7

South Andamans3

10

10

0

0

DistrictCases

Raipur4

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details Awaited*2

9

6

3

0

DistrictCases

North Goa2

South Goa1

Details Awaited*4

7

7

0

0

DistrictCases

Kangra3

Details Awaited*3

6

6

1

1

DistrictCases

Mahe1

Details Awaited*4

5

4

1

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*2

2

2

0

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Details Awaited*1

2

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*1

1

1

0

0


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