College prioritising safe return for M’sian students in Manipal

  • Nation
  • Friday, 27 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Melaka-Manipal Medical College is continuing its efforts to ensure safe passage back home for the 43 Malaysian students stranded in Manipal.

According to a statement released by the college, it is remaining in regular liaison with the Consulate in Chennai for updates on the Malaysian government’s plans to assist the travel of Malaysian students from Manipal, alongside contacting its Manipal and Bangalore travel agents to keep the college informed on flight developments.

Daily meetings with the students, it said, will continue until safe passage can be secured for the students to return to Malaysia. Moreover, it noted that its faculty and academic leadership are also in constant communication with the team to ensure their physical and mental wellbeing.

Its chief executive said, “I wish to assure students and parents that all efforts are being done by the management, faculty and the administration to ensure their safety and security in the campus. In these difficult times, students were encouraged to remain indoors unless they are heading out for meals at the food court, where access is strictly for students only.”

“We completely understand the students’ situation and their desperation to travel back. Until they can return to Malaysia, they continue to be in a secure and sanitised environment with the institution taking all necessary precautions to ensure their safety in the current situation. We assure our fullest proactive support for assistance in their stay and travel arrangement, as and when the situation eases out, ” added Melaka-Manipal Medical College India campus dean Dr Ullas Kamanth.

The college had previously submitted a list of names to the Malaysian Consulate Office on March 20 and 23, seeking immediate passage out of India for the MBBS students, but the corresponding flights scheduled by Malaysian Airlines were cancelled due to rapid developments in global measures to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.

The students, who have completed their course at the college’s India campus on March 16, have since been unable to secure passage out of India, as flights have consistently been cancelled to various destinations including Singapore and Sri Lanka.

In the meantime, the college reaffirmed its support to the students in the form of complimentary accommodation in the campus hostel, access to meals at its food court next to the hostels, mental health support hotlines, as well as daily contact touchpoints with Ullas and hostel wardens.

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