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403 Indian students died abroad since 2018, most fatalities in Canada: Government Data Reveals

According to data that showcases by the ministry, Canada has the highest number of fatalities at 91 among 34 countries. Other countries with significant deaths include the United Kingdom (48), Russia (40), the United States (36), and Australia (35), Ukraine (21), Germany (20), Cyprus (14), Italy and the Philippines (10 each).

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Indian government has revealed that 403 Indian students have died due to various reasons including natural causes and accidents while studying abroad from 2018 to present. This shocking information was presented in response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan provided the figures.

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According to data that showcases by the ministry, Canada has the highest number of fatalities at 91 among 34 countries. Other countries with significant deaths include the United Kingdom (48), Russia (40), the United States (36), and Australia (35), Ukraine (21), Germany (20), Cyprus (14), Italy and the Philippines (10 each). These deaths occurred due to various reasons such as natural causes, accidents and medical conditions.

The Minister emphasized that the safety and security of Indian students abroad is a top priority for the Government of India. The Indian Mission and Post are vigilant about their well-being. They ensure that assistance is provided in emergencies and incidents are properly investigated. Regular interactions are held with Indian students and student unions in universities and educational institutions.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi recognized the incidents, but suggested it may not require government intervention, as the number of Indian students studying abroad has also increased. The presence of a large Indian student population may be a major contributor to the high toll, especially in countries like Canada. “I don’t know if this is an issue that merits taking up with the government. There are individual incidents where there has been foul play and others… Our consulates do reach out to families, we also take it up such cases with the local authorities,” he said.

This unveiling of data highlights the challenges and vulnerabilities faced by Indian students pursuing education beyond their homeland. It also emphasizes the need for awareness and preparation to ensure the safety of students studying abroad.

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