Shillong: Majority of the students from Meghalaya, who have been pursuing higher education in Ukraine have returned to India, while one of them has decided to stay back in that war-ravaged country, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said on Sunday.
However, it was not immediately known as to why one of the students from the state decided to stay back in Ukraine, evoking concern, curiosity and speculation among the public, reflected in comments on social media.
Moreover, the identity of the student who desired to stay back in Ukraine is not known, with the government officials refusing to divulge his name. “He doesn’t want to disclose his name. Even the ones who have arrived back home want privacy,” a Meghalaya government official said, but requested anonymity.
Sangma, who is in constant touch with the Union ministry of external affairs, said the State Government was making all efforts to ensure that all the students come back home safely.
“Out of 43 students, 41 safely reached India- 4 landed this morning; 1 currently in Budapest may be flown back by today; 1 decided to stay in Ukraine (in a safe location near border) with relatives. Thank and appreciate PMO India, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and GOI for their continuous support,” Chief Minister Sangma tweeted on Sunday.
The Meghalaya government had assigned all the deputy commissioners and the superintendents of police of the various districts to reach out to the parents of the students who were stranded in Ukraine.