Bangladesh Emerges as Preferred Choice for Ukraine-Returned Indian Medical Students


Mrunmayai Bobade
Updated on May 30, 2022 03:19 PM IST

If the plan to accommodate Ukraine-returned students in India falls through, academic transfer to colleges in Georgia, Poland, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Romania is the second alternative Meanwhile, Bangladesh is emerging as the preferred destination for medical education. 

Bangladesh Emerges as Preferred Choice for Ukraine-Returned Indian Medical Students

Bangladesh's cost-effective MBBS education follows the same track as India's and has a similar demographic mix. With a large number of Indian professors and no language obstacles, it is emerging as apopular choice for students looking to study abroad.

Bangladesh could be an alternative, with migration to Georgia, Poland, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Romania likely to be limited by ongoing uncertainty. As per a former official at the National Board of Examinations, which administers the FMGE, Indians do not have to pay a visa cost in Bangladesh and this could be a significant advantage.

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Bangladesh is becoming a viable option for a huge number of Indian students. The pass rate of Bangladesh-returned Indian students taking the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam (the licence exam that foreign graduates must pass in order to practise in India) has been at an all-time high.

In 2020, Bangladesh repatriated Indian MBBS degree holders with an FMGE pass percentage of 35.8%, compared to 12.93% for China, 15.97% for Russia, 16.01% for Ukraine, and 33.7% for the Philippines, and 16.48% for the rest of the other nations.

With everything still in flux, Ukraine-returned students are placing their hopes in the Supreme Court, which previously bought the National Medical Commission (NMC) to develop a plan within two months to address the untenable situation and permit returnees to finish medical training in Indian colleges.

Also Read:UGC Revises NHEQF, Makes it Easier to Pursue Dual Degrees Abroad

Based on the NMC notification dated November 18, 2021, titled "Criteria to consider foreign medical graduates applying for a licence and permanent registration in India," the entire course, training, and internship must be completed outside of India at a similar foreign medical institution all throughout the degree course.It also states thatno part of medical training or internship must be completed in India or any other country other than where the primary medical qualification is received.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told Parliament on April 6, 2022, that the government was in contact with Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Kazakhstan to secure the future of Indian students who had returned from Ukraine, indicating that the Health Ministry was considering amending the above provision.

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Source: The Tribune

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