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Govt help for Arunachal students sought

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, March 18 - Amid the prevailing novel coronavirus scare, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students� Union (AAPSU) today urged the Arunachal Pradesh Government to take necessary steps to help students of the State pursuing educational courses across the country.

�In the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, many students in other States are in a state of panic and are confused as to what is to be done. Many have also expressed their desire to return home at the earliest. In States like Maharashtra that have been affected the most due to the coronavairus outbreak, colleges and hostels have been shut down. In JT Mahajan College of Engineering, Faizpur (Maharashtra), students were directed to vacate the hostels within three days. Twelve Arunachal students studying there are facing serious hardships in even arranging train tickets at such a short notice,� the AAPSU said.

There are chances of similar happenings in other colleges as well, as many students from the State are studying even in rural areas which are far from the metros.

�In view of the urgency of the matter, the State Government should immediately open a line of communication with the respective State governments across the country to assist Arunachal students and also arrange for their transportation as well as other relief measures,� stated the apex student body of the State.

�We would also like to urge the three MPs of the State to render necessary support and cooperation in bringing back the students from the affected States,� it added.

Meanwhile, the AAPSU welcomed the issue raised by Arunachal East MP Tapir Gao regarding the racial slur faced by the students of the North East region in various parts of the country in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

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