There are two types of Indian students in China. Medical students whose numbers have swelled to 14,000 this year and language students who are being lured by scholarships to Chinese universities to study Mandarin and become China’s soft power ambassadors. Various issues exist between the two.
Recently a violent skirmish between two gangs of medical students in China left one severely wounded and hospitalized. The incident brought to light not only the vengeance Indians are weilding against each other but also their problems. Indian medical students who go to China because Indian medical universities are bursting at the brim, return home to find their Chinese qualifications are not recognised in India, in addition, they face language and food problems as well as being ragged by senior Indian students. While ragging is a criminal offence, none are reported to the Indian Embassy or Consulates in China for fear of repercussions. This has aggravated the problem as the students feel they are above the law.