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Quad Fellowship program For STEM

Joe Biden Announces ‘Quad Fellowship’ for STEM Career in the US

Joe Biden Announces ‘Quad Fellowship’ For STEM Career In The US

Quad Fellowship program For STEM

Last month, during the first in-person meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, US President Joe Biden unveiled a new “Quad Fellowship program For STEM”. The program would let students from the Quad countries pursue higher studies and advanced degrees in “STEM programs” in the United States.

Biden hosted the leaders of the four countries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the White House. Along with Modi, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and Japan’s Yoshihide Suga were also present at the meeting.

In Biden’s official statement, he said, “Today, we are launching a new Quad fellowship for students from each of our Quad countries to pursue advanced degrees in leading STEM programs here in the United States, representing an investment in the leaders, innovators, and pioneers of tomorrow.”

Biden further added, “When we met six months ago, we made concrete commitments to shared and positive agenda for a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today I am proud to say that we are making excellent progress.”

The Quad member countries, in addition to the US, are India, Japan, and Australia. Thanks to the Quad Fellowship program For STEM, students from these countries will now have better opportunities to pursue their dream careers in the United States in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, a combination more popularly known as STEM. 

Sponsored by private donors, 25 students from each of the four Quad countries will be selected to pursue Master’s and post-doctoral degrees in STEM fields at leading US universities every year.

More details on how and when to apply to the Quad Fellowship program For STEM are yet to be released.

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No quarantine in the uk for fully vaccinated Indian travelers

No Quarantine In The UK For Fully Vaccinated Indian Travellers

No Quarantine in the UK for Fully-Vaccinated Indian Travellers

No quarantine in the uk for fully vaccinated Indian travelers

The UK, on October 7, announced that Indian travellers fully vaccinated with Covishield or any other UK-approved Covid-19 vaccine will no longer have to undergo the mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival in the UK from October 11. Having no quarantine in the UK comes as a major relief to all students.

Earlier, the UK had not even added Covishield to its list of approved vaccines. This drew sharp criticism from India, as many believed the decision to be “discriminatory”. Following this, the UK, on September 22, revised its travel advisory and included Covishield as an accepted vaccine. However, it still required Indians to quarantine and get tested on arrival. This meant the country still required fully-vaccinated travellers from India to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Britain. The UK had also said it didn’t accept the Cowin certificate which led to a major row between the two countries. 

However, recently, a British High Commission spokesperson said the decision to remove quarantine rules for fully-vaccinated Indian passengers was made after close technical cooperation between both countries’ ministries taking public health factors into account. 

The spokesperson added that the extension of vaccine certification is a further step to let people travel more freely again in a safe and sustainable way while also protecting public health.

British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis tweeted about the news and also thanked the Indian government for close cooperation during that time period.

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Russia Offers Free Scholarships To Indian Students

Russia Offers Free Scholarships To Indian Students

Russian Government Scholarships for Indian Students

Russia wants to attract international students to the country’s renowned institutions and universities. The Russian Government Scholarships for Indian Students offer 100% subsidized education and stay. It is indeed a fortuitous opportunity for many who want a foreign education with a meager outlay. 

As per a press release, since 1st September 2021, the applications for different Russian Government Scholarships for Indian Students has been open for the 2022/23 intake, allowing international students to apply for the programme. Students were allowed to apply for the scholarship programme in Russia till 1st November 2021. It is expected that a similar intake would happen in late-2022 for 2023/24. 

Students can pursue their bachelor’s, Masters or PhD degrees across different disciplines in Russia with the aid of Russian Government Scholarships for Indian Students.

The Russian Government Scholarships for Indian Students covers the entire tuition costs of the international students in the country. 

Each year, the Russian Government offers 100 scholarship grants to Indian students facilitating their studies in the disciplines of Medicine (MBBS), Engineering, Arts and Science.
India and Russia have enjoyed warm friendship for decades. The Russian Government Scholarships for Indian Students is an outcome of these close ties.

The Russian House in Chennai has conducted a webinar on 24th September 2021, covering the different aspects of the Russian Government Scholarships for Indian Students for the 2023-24 academic programme.

The webinar covered topics such as important details for the scholarship, courses on offer, application process and selection process among other aspects. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions and clarify any doubts they had about pursuing their studies in Russia.

Here is the video of the webinar conducted by the Russian House in Chennai:

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Canada extends travel ban on direct Indian flights till September 21, 2021

Canada Extends Travel Ban On Indian Flights

Canada Extends Travel Ban On Indian Flights

Canada extends travel ban on direct Indian flights till September 21, 2021

The Canadian government, on Monday i.e. August 10th, 2021, has extended the Canada travel ban on Indian flights till September 21. The ban was earlier till August 21.

Here is the official statement:

“Based on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada is extending the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until September 21, 2021, at 23:59 EDT.”

The Canada travel ban was first imposed on April 22. Recently, for the fifth time, the ban has been extended.

Due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus during the second wave as well as the increasing threat of the Delta variant, many countries have decided to impose a travel ban on flights from the subcontinent. This is adding more hurdles for Indian students who want to go to Canada for their higher education.

How does this affect the travel plans of students?

With direct flights from India banned till September, students would have to look at indirect flights via Qatar, Doha, Maldives, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Egypt. Each of the following countries has its own set of guidelines concerning Covid testing, quarantine duration and the requirement of return tickets.

We have covered the different indirect flight routes from India to Canada along with their pros, cons and things to keep in mind like supporting documentation and accommodation availabilities in this blog here.

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India To Canada Indirect Flight Routes For Students

India To Canada Indirect Flight Routes For Students

Indirect flights from India to Canada

Due to the high number of cases due to Covid-19 and the increase in the spread of the Delta variant, many countries have restricted direct flights from India. One such country, which is a very popular study abroad destination for Indian students, is Canada. Canada has imposed its travel ban on Indian flights, first, on April 22nd. Recently, for the fifth time, the ban has been extended from August 21 to September 21This has proved to be an obstacle for students who are Canada-bound. However, indirect flights from India to Canada are accepted with certain conditions.

In this article, we look at the different indirect flights from India to Canada along with their respective pros and cons so you can choose what’s best for you.

Here’s what the official statements say:

  • “…Passengers who travel to Canada from India via an indirect route will need to obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada,” says Transport Canada’s website.
  • If you’ve previously tested positive for COVID-19, you must show proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days before departure, instead of a negative COVID-19 molecular test.
    “This proof must be obtained in a third country before the continuation of the journey to Canada,” Transport Canada advised. “You might need to seek entry and stay in a third country for at least 14 days.”

India To Canada Via Qatar

Doha, the capital of Qatar is known for its exquisite and modern architecture and has become the first preference of travelers who wish to avail indirect flights from India to Canada.

The Good

  • Availability of direct flights.
  • Less travel time.

The Bad

  • 10 days quarantine is compulsory.
  • Important to be vaccinated by the recognised vaccines by MOPH (2 doses of CoviShield and a gap of 14 days after the 2nd dose).

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Authorized travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against Covid 19, with the use of an approved vaccine, will undergo antibody testing on arrival. Those testing negative will be exempt from the 10-day quarantine requirement.
  • Those testing positive will be required to undergo PCR testing and are not exempt from the quarantine requirement.
  • Approval from the Ehteraz app is required to be taken within 72 – 12 hours of travel; if only 12 hours are left, then they approve only in special cases.
  • It usually takes about 12 – 24 to get the RTPCR report in Doha. 
  • Here is the official Quarantine Accommodation Reservation form.

India To Canada Via Albania

It’s pretty safe to travel around Albania. The country is very welcoming to travelers. Use it as a stopover to board indirect flights from India to Canada.

The Good

  • Hotel availability is never an issue.
  • As of now, a vaccination certificate is not required to travel.
  • Good flight connections from Albania to Canada.
  • It does not come under Air Bubble and so, a return ticket is not required.

The Bad

  • An expensive travel option.
  • Flight availability can be a challenge.

India To Canada Via Maldives

The Maldives is an amazing exotic island, perfect for holiday destinations and ever since the Maldives has opened its doors for Indians, it has once again started to get popular among travelers seeking indirect flights from India to Canada.

The Good

  • Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.
  • India and Maldives share ethnic, linguistic, cultural, religious and commercial links and enjoy close, cordial and multi-dimensional relations.
  • On-Arrival visa Processing.

The Bad

  • Limited resort options opened for South Asians in the Maldives.
  • Expensive flight connections from the Maldives to Canada.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • A return ticket to India is required as it comes under the Air Bubble agreement.
  • Imuga Form is to be filled before you enter the Maldives.
  • Check resorts that are approved for quarantine in the Maldives.
  • All travellers are required to present a negative result of the nucleic acid test (PCR) taken 72 hours before departure

India To Canada Via Mexico

Since May, Canada via Mexico has been the most tested route and has been a blessing in disguise to travellers wanting to go to Canada from India.

The Good

  • The route has been tested by 1000s of passengers to Canada.
  • Hotel availabilities is not an issue.
  • A vaccination certificate is not required.
  • It does not come under Air bubble so a return ticket is not required.
  • Travellers from India are not required to quarantine after entering Mexico.

The Bad

  • Flights are very expensive.
  • An increase in Covid cases is a concern.

Things To Keep In Mind

*This information is subject to change. Please check the relevant government websites.

How To Choose A Route That's Best For You?

You can have the following points in mind while choosing a particular route from India to Canada. Choose a country/route where:

  • Visa processing doesn’t take much time.
  • The results of RT-PCR are obtained quickly.
  • The number of Covid cases is less or in a gradual decline.
  • Number of travellers are less as a higher number of travellers results in an increase in ticket prices.

Flight tickets’ prices can be very expensive on some of these routes and to help students get a better rate, we have additional services called GradOns.
This includes services like accommodations, flight tickets at cheaper rates, US bank accounts, Canada GIC Account, Forex services, debit cards and credit cards. 

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