Bangladeshi nationals studying in different Chinese universities , who were taken back in early February after the country was hit by novel coronavirus, now want to return to China to resume their academic activities.
Around 3,000 China-returnee Bangladeshi students yesterday wrote to the ministry for foreign affairs, requesting to take necessary measures for their return to China.
"The government of Bangladesh has successfully confronted the coronavirus and advanced a long way in inventing vaccine -- which is showing us a ray of hope. Students of some countries have got permission to enter China upon discussing it with their respective foreign ministries," reads the letter.
"We would like to inform you that most of the universities in China are starting classes from September. We have already spent eight months in Bangladesh and lagged far behind in studies," it added.
The students said if they cannot go to China to attend the upcoming semester, their studies and careers will be in jeopardy, and the large number of students and their families will be stuck in a crisis.
"Our research work and internships are being severely hampered, which will create difficulties in achieving our degree and practice," the students said.
The students requested the state minister for foreign affairs to take necessary arrangements talking to the Chinese authorities for their return to China.
Contacted, State Minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam said Bangladesh's embassy in Beijing has been working on it for the last couple of days even before the students informed them.
"I am yet to receive their letter officially but I am in touch with them through social media," he added.