Indian-origin student shot dead in Canada

Indian-origin student shot dead in Canada

GoEurope for me has always been a dream, a dream that gives me a great chance of getting quality education and interacting with different cultures as well as gaining better career opportunities. Nonetheless, in the recent past this fleeting dream continued to be eclipsed by a number of disturbing situations that have entailed sudden deaths of Indian students residing abroad. The country is not only crippling families and communities but it is also leading to more serious problems pertaining to security and welfare of the students abroad.

While the reasons for this loss of lives may be multifold, the scenarios include complications related to physical health, accidents, violent confrontations, racial inclination and mental problems. Every situation is distinctive; on the other hand, all the cases together present a picture where sufficient attention to the safety and support system of Indian students studying outside the country is stipulated.

Health care is on a very high priority among the challenges experienced by Indian students studying overseas. Accidents and illnesses can happen at any time, and the main concern for the student is proper treatment. Adapting to a new environment, relying on map apps for navigation, and changing seasons (climate) can be the main factors influencing the riders make and break the decisions. Unlucky for some Indian students who have died from the accidents, drowning or sickness they were affected by while studying abroad. These incidents, in fact, show that students need to be careful, well-informed, and proactive part about their health and safety measures in addition to governments and institutions in the host country have to be all in support and provision of the resources that they need as they are important to international students to thrive and enjoy their stay in the different countries.

Also, cases of violence, not to mention racism, have been witnessed, alienating and worsening the safety and security perspective of Indian students globally. The fact that hate crimes, prejudices, and xenophobic attacks have been registered against Indian students in the host countries and left them feeling endangered and excluded as overseas students is alarming. The collapse of cultural understanding, hazard-based bias, and stereotypes in some societies can provide a conducive environment for the killing and persecution of international students by discriminating against them. Host countries must acknowledge the existence of the mentioned problems and then meet the demand through education, awareness campaigns, and legal regulations to recognize and protect all students, regardless of nationality or ethnicity.

On the other bag, psychiatric issues amongst Indian students who are abroad have been pointed out as an important issue that must be addressed. The pressures of academics, cultural adjustment lack of financial means, and the absence of familiar or close support systems may all wear the mental health of a foreign student down. Isolation, anxiety, and depression, as well as homesickness, are symptoms reported among overseas students who in very extreme situations, may even end up in self-harm, including suicide. Social stigma and the absence or inaccessibility of health services that treat mental health only develop the issue. That means higher education and host countries have to include mental health awareness campaigns in their programs as well as counseling services and outlets for those who need them.

To the sea of the difficulties that these Indian students are facing while they are abroad, the bridges are being built to enhance the security and support systems. Indian embassies have ever since doubled their efforts in helping Indian students who require immediate assistance in case of emergencies or distress in their individual countries. Consular services, helplines, and outreach program have been resorted to in an effort to make effective and well-organized communication lines between the host student, family, and the authorities.

As a matter of fact, the educational institutions and host countries are increasingly giving their attention to helping international students to be much more safe in the learning environment and the wider community. Not only this universities are providing orientation programs, but also cultural sensitivity training and numerous supporting services to help out students during initial period in the university and if they face any struggle. Stepwise security actions, community engagement efforts and educational campaigns are part of discussions for a safer and welcoming atmosphere on all student bodies.

On one side, but are to be taken stemming from the fundamental problems as well as societal disadvantages which create the extent of vulnerability among Indian students abroad. The coordination of actions between different national actors, educational level, student groups and civil society, is a key point for arriving at general guidelines for the safety, welfare and success of Indian students studying abroad.

Additionally, establishing an atmosphere, within which students are cooperating through embracement of diversity, inclusivity, and mutual respect should be the top priority. This should make up a welcoming atmosphere in which everyone is treated equally, respected, and safe. We could develop programs which emphasise the protection and empowerment of international students thereby enhancing the core principles of global education and promoting students’ ability to succeed at their jobs, grow, and add value to the communities where they reside.

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