As Indian citizens return from war-hit Ukraine, K. Sudhakar, Health Minister of Karnatakatalked about the deliberate measures being planned by the government to accommodate the returning students and the future of their medical education. He made his statement in the recently-held session of the Legislative Council.
He further said that the state government was discussing plans to reduce the fees for medical courses.
He reported the safe return of all 22,000 stranded Indian students in Ukraine and expressed grief and condolences on the unfortunate death of Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar. Naveen was an Indian international student in Ukraine who died in the Russian shelling of the city of Kharkiv.
Recently, the Russia-Ukraine war has created an environment of uncertainty for the Indian students in Ukraine and their education and future has become a central discussion.
Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, has been maintaining consistent contact with the authorities in both Ukraine and Russia and has stated about the common efforts of various countries to rescue their stranded citizens, especially students, from war-torn Ukraine. He further assured their education as something which shall be properly handled.
As per his statement, many foreign nationals used Indian flags to safely get out of Ukraine, and that Indian medical students are now back home safely.
In the same setting, B.C. Nagesh, the Education Minister of Karnataka, reported to the Council aboutthe improper evaluation of SSLC (Class X) answer papers. Teachers had taken undue advantage of the Covid-19 crisis and had resorted to improper means to evaluate the SSLC answer papers in Karnataka. A total of 4,317 teachers have been found guilty of the act and a collective fine of INR 51.26 lakhs have been imposed on the identified culprits, and a warning has been issued to each of them.
The recent series of events have forced the concerned higher officials to re-evaluate the trends and factors of the Indian medical education sector, and towering fees of private medical colleges have been making headlines as a concerning factor repeatedly.
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Source: Business Standard