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Embassy of India Student Hub

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The Embassy of India Student Hub was launched in 2019 as an initiative of the Embassy of India, Washington DC

This initiative, run in collaboration with student leaders, keeps in mind the interests of Indian students and ensures their welfare. It thrives on student-led, student-run programming and opportunities to develop leadership and skills among students. The Student Hub's mission is to nurture personal, societal, and civic responsibility, an entrepreneurial mindset, and principled next-generation leadership while engaging students in India's development.[1].

Student Involvement[edit]

The India Student Hub is run as a collaboration between Embassy officials and student leaders.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the India Student Hub ran a robust campus lead program with over 60 campus ambassadors at 40+ U.S. institutes of higher education[2]. The Campus Lead Program is designed to help the Embassy and Consulates stay in touch with Indian students and each other, and to help share opportunities for interested students and faculty to engage with India[3]. The Campus Leads can create their own projects and initiatives that build leadership skills among their peer students, through events like hackathons, festivals, and challenges.

In Summer 2020, the India Student Hub invited applications for a Summer Volunteer Program[4].

Programming and Student Events[edit]

Several notable figures like Sunita Williams[5] [6], Aparna Kumar and Ela Gandhi have interacted with Indian students at student-led programming hosted by the India Student Hub[7]. In February 2020, the Student Hub hosted the first Women's Film Festival, paying homage to women's voice, strength and resilience [8].

COVID-19 Pandemic Response[edit]

During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, the Student Hub was instrumental in safeguarding the welfare of 200,000 Indian international students, advising them and rendering assistance releasing over 10 student advisories and updates in the first three months of the pandemic[9].

A Non-Emergency Peer Support Line was set up in March 2020 help students connect with and seek advice from their peers, in addition to existing Embassy of India 24x7 phone lines[10].

In April 2020, the Ambassador of India to the United States used the Student Hub to communicate directly with students through a viral instagram live session at the start of the pandemic[11]. The Embassy of India Student Hub hosted a virtual graduation celebration in May 2020 to encourage students who had their Commencement ceremonies cancelled or deferred due to the public health emergency[12].

In July 2020, the Embassy connected with United States officials at the heels of a Student and Exchange Visitor Program rule change for the Fall 2020 semester that would require F-1 students to depart the country if their programs were fully online[13]

See also[edit]

  • Embassy of India, Washington DC


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  2. "Embassy of India Student Hub - Class of 2019". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  3. "Embassy of India Student Hub - Campus Lead Program". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  4. "Embassy of India Student Hub - Join Our Team". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  5. "Stay home, reflect and be part of something bigger: Sunita Williams to Indian students stuck in US". The Economic Times. 2020-05-05. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  6. World, Republic. "Sunita Williams advises Indian students stranded in US to stay home and reflect". Republic World. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  7. "Embassy of India Student Hub - Events & Challenges". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  8. Haniffa, Aziz. "India Students Hub to host first Women's Film Festival in D.C." Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  9. "Embassy of India Student Hub - Official Advisories & Resources". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  10. "Embassy of India Student Hub - Official Peer Support Line". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  11. "Indian students stranded in coronavirus-hit US asked to stay put, make travel plans after crisis". Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  12. Service, Tribune News. "Amid coronavirus pandemic, virtual graduation ceremony held for thousands of Indian students in US". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  13. "Have Raised Matter With Officials: Indian Embassy In US On Students Visa Rule". Retrieved 2020-07-12.

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