A number of Iranian students, admitted to medical colleges at the Indian universities, have not been allowed to attend their classes following months of the start of the new academic year.
The Iranian students, despite depositing around Rials 3-4 billion (90,000 to 100,000 US dollars) in tuition fees directly into the respective universities’ accounts or through the middlemen, are still in limbo as they are facing a new decision by the Supreme Court of India urging all the medical and dental applicants to attend an entrance examination.
‘Iran’s Consulate General and the science attaché in their meetings with the Indian university and political officials have done all in their capacity to settle the problem,’ Hassan Nourian, Iran’s Consul General in Hyderabad, told the Islamic Republic News Agency recently.
‘But negotiations so far have come up with no results,’ Nourian said.
The Iranian official said the new decision by the Indian Supreme Court has met with criticism even among university authorities in the country but their complaints have not made the body to change the decision.
‘As a result of the decision made by the Supreme Court of India, none of Iranian medical and dental students have been allowed to attend their classes in the new academic year,’ Nourian said.
Close to 6,300 Iranian students study at the Indian universities, of whom 2000 are studying in health and medicine majors.