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Covid puts brakes on foreign education dream

AHMEDABAD: Akash Gupta, who had secured admission in a top university in the United States, is now in a repair, as a result of the lockdown situation because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I have the admission letter, but I am not sure if I will be able to go there due to the uncertainty over the pandemic. In the wake of the situation, the university has offered its courses online," stated Gupta who's in a quandary on whether to continue his admission or defer it to every other season.

With spike in circumstances of Covid-19 infections no longer simply in the United States but in parts of Europe, Australia and New Zealand too, and subsequent partial or complete lockdown, foreign universities have either close their admission procedure; or have stored intake of scholars on halt. Some have even given scholars the choice of taking the direction on-line or else deferring their admission to the following season, within the wake of unparalleled instances brought about through the Covid-19 outbreak.

As a outcome, several foreign training aspirants from Gujarat are left in a repair. Explaining the placement, Ajit Singh, product head for a city-based foreign training consultancy company, stated, "Admissions in universities based in the UK take place in May-June. Students who have already secured their admissions are among the worst affected with the uncertainty. The visa processing fees and surcharges amount to Rs 40,000 and the same is neither refundable nor transferable. However, with the current situation, students will not be able to travel and have offered admissions in the next intake. In this case, students will need to apply for a fresh visa given the semester extension. There is no clarity yet on whether such cases will be considered under special circumstances by the embassy."

Industry resources stated that an identical is the placement of scholars who had opted for admissions in New Zealand and Australia who also have intake in May and June.

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