Bhubaneswar, Mar 7: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik is likely to receive Odia students returning from Ukraine at Biju Patnaik International Airport in the evening.
Patnaik has requested the central government to allow the students to continue their education in medical colleges across India.
In a letter to PM Narendra Modi on Sunday, Patnaik sought the Centre’s intervention to let the students get back to their medical courses from the stage their education was disrupted due to the war.
The students even spoke about their experiences during the hard time they faced. All of them crossed the Romanian border to Bucharest with Indian officials and had flown to New Delhi from there. They said that the New Delhi-based resident commissioner was always in touch with them online.
The Ukraine returnees have also urged the chief minister to take steps regarding other Odia students in other parts of Ukraine, especially in Kharkiv.
The Chief Minister has ordered the opening of a help desk at the Mumbai airport for the convenience of students returning from Ukraine. CM Naveen further directed OTDC to drop Ukraine returned students, who arrived in Bhubaneswar, at their native areas.
It is to be noted that Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra and Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena were also present during the meeting.