Stranded Indian Medical students in China are being flown home by Air India

Dozens of Indian medical students who have been stranded in China after buying fake air tickets are being flown home, officials from Air India say.

The airline flew 12 of the students back to India on Monday.

Many students returning to India on holiday were left stranded in Beijing and other parts of China after they learnt their tickets were bogus.

Indian papers reported on Monday that the students were allegedly duped by a Bangladeshi travel agent.

The papers said that one of the students had filed a complaint with the Beijing police.

According to a press release by Air India the airline would bring all the students back to India in the next two to three days.

“We have been approached by at least 30 students so far who are being brought back to India on regular flights from Beijing,” said Prasad Rao, spokesman from Air India.

On Sunday Emirates Airways and Malaysian Airlines were reported not to have accepted the students’ e-tickets on the grounds that they were fake. They were prevented from boarding their flights.

Air India says more than 15 students are flying back on Tuesday and a batch of 20 will be put on a flight to India on Wednesday.

Mr Rao said they were giving priority to the stranded students but he said they were helping only those who were coming forward for help.

He clarified that the travel was not free and students were paying $631 (27,000 rupees) each, which is 15% less than the fares charged by other airlines.

Hundreds of Indian students travel to China and Russia to study medicine rather than sit stringent entrance tests in India.

Most of the students were studying in specialized ultrasound school. Being highly demanding carrier, ultrasound school are very much in demand all over the world.

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Bangladeshi Travel Agent duped 154 Indian Medical Students in China

Chinese police have sealed the house of an absconding Bangladeshi agent, accused of duping 154 Indian medical students by selling them fake tickets for flights to India.

Indian embassy officials had requested the police to investigate the case after the students studying in Chongqing, Nanjing and Suzhou medical universities who had booked E-tickets through the agent Mohammed Jabbar Miyan for Emirates and Malaysian airlines were turned back at the airport.

The students, several of whom knew Miyan, were to return home to India for summer vacation to Hyderabad from Shanghai, Chongqing and Suzhou.

They had booked the tickets attracted by cheap fares and transferred the money to the account of Miyan, who is now absconding, sources said. The Bangladesh embassy said there was no record in the Bangladeshi community list to confirm the existence of Miyan.

Sources at the Indian embassy said they have written to the police to investigate the case.

Miyan’s residence had been sealed. The police had also been requested to take measures for freezing the bank accounts of Miyan, they said.

The Emirates and Malaysian airlines had also been contacted seeking information, they said.

A group of students who had booked tickets through the same agent had left but the problem surfaced on July 11 when another batch of 34 was refused boarding pass in shanghai in eastern China by the Emirates airlines whose staff told them that they need to produce credit cards.

The agent had booked the tickets with his card but the money had not reached the emirates airlines. Officials at the Indian embassy and the consulate in shanghai were in touch with the Emirates and Malaysian airlines on the issue.

Air India had been requested to accommodate the students on a priority basis to facilitate the travel of students for vacation after the final exams, they said.

According to sources, out of 154 students, 20 had reached India and nine others managed to get the refund, while the rest are struggling to make the trip and get their money back.

Over 7,000 Indian medical students are studying in Chinese universities.

Do we really need extra toppings?


Its not easy to be an agent only and remain an agent throughout. You need some extra toppings also, stuff like various accreditation, memberships an extra membership and another accreditation just in case you are barred from the first one. In the beginning I was thinking that only important thing for an agent is to look for a good agent workshop and that was enough for me. We were aware of the fact that too many workshops can be harmful to our business and it is not good for those institutions also who are putting too much faith on agents like us. No one likes rivals, so do our partner colleges. They do want to make very sure that their beloved agent is not dating any of their rival institutes. One of my favorite fashion school does that always . Their marketing manager Mr. Mauro Cavagnaro, an expert fashion buyers consultant also used to sniff around during the whole workshop to see if I’m talking to any of his rival fashion buyers or design schools. I never did it also because I was getting paid very handsomely and on time and I was the exclusive agent for them in whole north of India, but not anymore, well that’s the another story. Either Istituto Europeo Di Design, an Italian Fashion School and St. Patrick’s London or any of my partner college or university never asked me ever about any kind of membership or accreditation I’m having or not. Neither during the face to face meetings in some agent’s workshop, nor during signing the contract. All they needed my hard work and expertise in the field and they knew that he’s the best as long as I’m delivering. There is no doubt about it that an institution is never going to dump their beloved agent just for the sake of some sort of membership which costs Euros 200 approximately. Than why do these players are in market and why are we feeding them year after year? They are not any kind of legal authority and one is not bound or obliged to take these memberships but still they are there. I think local agents bodies of our respective countries can take care of our welfare and rights very well and they are doing a wonderful job.

People behind a successful school agency


I still remember my very first agent workshop in Phuket, Thailand in Oct – Nov 2004. How I barged into that website of Language Travel magazine, I still don’t remember but afterwards there was no looking back. I signed my first real contracts with many International Colleges and Universities in my first Alphe Workshop in Phuket. The Alphe Conference involves face-to-face meetings of an half an hour each between agents (who recruit and advise students) and educators (who want international students to attend their institution). If you want to meet with educators and/or agents, then Alphe should be a part of your marketing strategy. Why I personally liked the Alphe workshops instead of other bigger names is because they are really professional people. There arrangements are really remarkable and their choice of hotels, food and sightseeing packages are all up to the mark. Its bad that they’d to stop the Alphe Asia workshops used to held in Phuket but still one can go the UK, Russia, Korea and Japan and last but not least, for agents like us it is all FREE OF CHARGE!!! apart from air ticket of course…….