1500 Indian Students Return to Ukraine Despite Government Advisory


Samarpita Goswami
Updated on Oct 27, 2022 12:44 PM IST

Finding no solutions in India, around 1,500 Indian students have returned to Ukraine to continue their medical studies despite the risk in the war-torn country. They are in a do-or-die situation there.

1500 Indian Students Return to Ukraine Despite Government Advisory

In spite of the looming risk, around 1,500 Indian students who left Ukraine in the midst of the Ukraine-Russia war have returned to the country. These medical students studying in Ukrainian colleges took this step to continue their studies as no solution was provided to them in India.

The Indian embassy in Ukraine issued an advisory requesting all Indians to leave the country by available means at the time of growing hostilities. 

These medical students were apprehensive about their future in India. In September 2022, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that there was no provision to accommodate the Ukraine-returned students in the medical universities in India under National Medical Commission Act (NMCA), 2019.

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This decision was backed by the government by noting that such accommodation would seriously hamper the standards of medical education in India.

 At present, the Supreme Court will again hear the pleas of the Ukraine-returned students to study in India on November 1, 2022.

Students who returned to Ukraine hear five to seven air sirens daily and are forced to purchase food at extremely high prices. Most of them cannot afford the high cost of medical education at private colleges in India and thereby they were compelled to return to Ukraine.

These students are heavily burdened with loans and invested other savings to study medicine in Ukraine. They were left with no other choice but to return to the war-torn country and complete their medical studies offline. 

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However, some students are still hopeful that the Indian government or any other regulating body will find out a feasible solution for them. Time will decide the fate of these students.

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Source: India Today

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