Madhya Pradesh CM Mohan Yadav addresses safety of students in Kyrgyzstan amidst local unrest

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has confirmed the safety of approximately 30,000 Indian students in Kyrgyzstan, including around 1,200 from Madhya Pradesh itself, amidst escalating violence in the region. The Chief Minister addressed the students’ situation through a video call on Tuesday, providing reassurances of their security and outlining plans for their safe return following the completion of their exams.

Efforts to Ensure Student Safety and Academic Continuity

In his communication with the students, Chief Minister Yadav highlighted the ongoing cooperation between the Indian and Kyrgyzstan governments to ensure the safety of the Indian students affected by the recent disputes between local and foreign students. These conflicts have reportedly included some instances of injuries among the students.

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“The government is in constant touch with both Indian and Kyrgyzstan authorities to ensure that examinations are conducted on time and that adequate security measures are in place,” stated Yadav. He emphasized the importance of allowing the students to complete their academic responsibilities to avoid a potential year loss due to the disruptions.

Government’s Response and Communication with Parents

Chief Minister Yadav also assured the parents of the students that concerted efforts are being made to stabilize the situation and facilitate a smooth academic process. His reassurances come at a critical time as parents express growing concern over the safety of their children abroad.

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Situation Overview and Embassy Statements

The Indian Embassy in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, has been actively involved in monitoring and responding to the situation. Despite reports of mob violence targeting foreign students, the embassy has described the overall situation in Bishkek as normal and confirmed that all Indian students are safe.

Additionally, the embassy has urged students to adhere to local guidelines and provided a helpline number for assistance. “Situation in Bishkek is normal. All Indian students are safe. They are requested to follow the guidelines prescribed by authorities in the Kyrgyz Republic,” the embassy stated on X, a social media platform.

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Broader Context of Violence

Reports from other diplomatic sources, such as the Pakistan embassy in Kyrgyzstan, have noted several incidents of violence, particularly involving foreign students. These incidents reportedly escalated following an online video of a fight that occurred between Kyrgyz students and medical students from Egypt on May 13.

The situation in Kyrgyzstan represents a complex challenge for the governments involved, balancing the immediate safety concerns with the long-term educational aspirations of foreign students. The proactive approach by the Madhya Pradesh government and the Indian Embassy underscores the importance of diplomatic engagement and crisis management in international education settings.

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