Ma Subramanian, the Tamil Nadu Medical and Family Welfare Minister, started tele-counselling on the 104 helpline on Wednesday to help war-affected Ukraine returnees cope with the stress and move forward. According to the Minister, around 20 counsellors have been summoned to assist 1,416 students who have returned from Ukraine.
"Today and tomorrow, the counsellors will talk to the kids and their parents to assist them make decisions about their future," Subramanian said after kicking off the programme at the DMS facility. The counsellors will give a full report to the state government with recommendations, according to the Minister, who also stated that the government is eager to assist students in pursuing their studies in India if the Centre agrees.
While praising the Centre's efforts to ensure the safe return of thousands of Indian students, Chief Minister M K Stalin recently stated that given the unusual circumstances in Ukraine, medical students may not be able to return to their universities to finish their studies.