With the crisis in Ukraine's Lugansk state deepening even further, the future of over 50 students from Haryana pursuing MBBS course there seems to be hanging fire.
As the struggle between the pro-Russians and the troops broke out in Ukraine, the students were sent back to their home in Haryana by the Indian embassy after their semester examination.
The students are scheduled to return Ukraine by July-August to join their classes, but yet to get clearance from the Indian embassy.
Rahul Singh Bhardwaj, 20, a resident of Brahmanwas village in Rohtak district, is among the 50 students, who have been evacuated by the Indian authorities. Rahul had taken to MBBS second year exam at Lugansk State Medical University in Ukraine.
Rahul told Hindustan Times that his parents were worried that he would complete his medical degree in such a situation, as the infighting in Lugansk continued.
He said he went Lugansk in 2012 to pursue MBBS programme after paying a hefty amount in several lakhs.
Sharing his concern, Sukhbir Bhardwaj, Rahul's father said when they contacted the embassy, officials said they were hopeful of sorting out the issue shortly.
Another student, Rohit Verma, from Gohana town of Sonepat district, who is pursuing medicine at the same university, said he had been in regular touch with students' director in Ukraine Amreek Singh Dhillon.
Rohit said Dhillon was coming India soon, only then they would get to know about the ground reality there.
Yet another student, Mohit Bharman, of Ram Gopal colony here, said if the situation did not improve in Ukraine, they would have to seek migration to some other country to complete their MBBS course, which would cost them dearly. Migration would take much of their time in settling down at a new place and culture, he added.
While other students, who are doing MBBS from there, who wished not to be identified, said their parents were mulling the option of admitting them in other medical courses like pharmacy, nursing etc in India.