“Educational refugees” is a term, which aptly describes scores of Ladakhi students pursuing higher education, far away from home in places and cities unfamiliar to them. They have no choice as there are no worthwhile educational institutions in Ladakh after students complete their matriculation. The concept of leaving home itself has many exciting possibilities of learning, of coping with different cultures and situations, of stepping out of the world. Yet it does not quite work like that.
I have spent several years of my student life in Jammu. I did experience a sense of