Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal has set aside ten crores in the state budget on Friday for students returning from war-torn Ukraine.
The news: The funds will help students with their future academic plans. On Friday, Balagopal presented the Assembly with the budget for 2022/23.
What he said: He said that around 3,000 people of the southern state, including students, had been safely returned after being trapped in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s incursion.
- “The state government will provide the necessary assistance to help them retrieve lost certificates and other important documents so that they can complete their studies.”
- “Special involvement by the federal government is essential to enable the resumption of education of students who have returned home.”
- “It’s not an easy affair,” Balagopal said of the subject of admissions for evacuated pupils. “It has to be negotiated with the central government. We’ll check into it, and we’ll make a decision soon. Giving places in colleges is a big issue because there are so many pupils.”