THE husband of a missing Indian university student last seen at Mowbray has made an impassioned plea for her safe return.
Natasha Narang, 30, was last seen by her husband on Friday at the entrance to the University of Tasmania in Plumer Street.
Sandeep Narang dropped his wife off about 1.45pm at the gates, however, she never made it to the meeting with her PhD supervisor.
University CCTV footage shows she did not get to the university building.
Mr Narang believes intense stress due to her university studies, which carry a great burden of expectation among Indian students, drove Mrs Narang to run away.
``If this is the reason please come back Natasha, I don't care about what happened with your studies,'' he said yesterday.
``Studies are not more important than her, that's why if she is getting this message, please come back.''
The couple have spent very little time apart since marrying four years ago.
``Every second is killing me, I have sleepless nights, I am trying to search everywhere . . . we don't have any close friends here so I am stressed,'' he said.
Mrs Narang's family in India have been notified and are ``very worried and crying''.
Like police, Mr Narang does not believe his wife has been the victim of foul play.
The Narangs arrived in Australia in November for Natasha to do a PhD in education.
Her supervisor told police Mrs Narang's studies had been going well until about a month ago when she stopped attending meetings.
This was about the time she travelled to Hobart for a conference only to be told she couldn't give a PhD presentation because she was not registered, Mr Narang said.
He said she had not been displaying signs of stress but seemed upset on Friday.
Mrs Narang does not appear to have left the couple's Mowbray home on Friday prepared to run away, leaving her bank card in the home.
Members of Launceston's small but tight-knit Sikh community have rallied around Mr Narang.
Mahinder Dhillon, an elder in the community, said Indian students placed great pressure on themselves to succeed.
``Education is very important for the Sikhs that come out here for studies and they do feel upset when they don't achieve certain things,'' she said.
``I feel for him (Mr Narang) we all feel for him.''
Launceston CIB acting Detective Inspector Johnathan Higgins said police remained concerned for Mrs Narang's welfare.
She is described as being about 165 centimetres, of medium build with long black hair.
Mrs Narang has olive skin and was last seen wearing a long-sleeved black top, grey coloured jeans and black shoes.
Police would like anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mrs Narang to contact either Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Launceston police on 6336 3945.