New York Bike Accident Claims Life of Indian Student

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An Indian student lost their life in a bike accident in the United States on Wednesday night, according to the Indian Consulate General in New York.

The deceased, named Belem Atchyuth, was an Andhra Pradesh student at the State University of New York (SUNY).

In a social media post on X (formerly Twitter), the Consulate General of India expressed condolences to the student’s family and said: “Saddened to learn about the untimely demise of Shri Belem Atchyuth, a student at SUNY who met with a bike accident and passed away yesterday evening; our deepest condolences to the family; @IndiainNewYork is in touch with the bereaved family & local agencies (SIC).”

In addition, the article mentioned that the Indian Consulate General in New York had contacted his family and asked neighbourhood organizations “to extend all assistance, including sending the mortal remains back to India.”

This incident occurred in the aftermath of the recent rise in Indian-origin student fatalities in the United States. Mohammed Abdul Arfath, an Indian student who was born in Hyderabad, was purportedly discovered dead in the US state of Ohio last month. He travelled to the US last year to attend Cleveland University to complete his Master’s in IT.

He went missing in March of this year, according to the Indian Consulate General in New York. It also guaranteed that Arfath’s death was the subject of a comprehensive investigation.

Indian students in UK

Indian students appear to be drifting away from UK higher education, as seen by the sharp decline of 16% in the number of registered candidates for Master’s degree programs. On May 23, official figures from London indicated a decrease of more than 21,000 applications.

UK Home Office data based on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures reads, “There were 116,455 sponsored study visa grants to main applicants that are Indian nationals in the year ending March 2024, (26 per cent of the total), 21,717 fewer than the previous year.”

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