8 Karnataka Universities Offer to Help Indian Students Returning from Ukraine


Cyril Zachariah
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 03:07 PM IST

Seeing the plight of Indian students returning from Ukraine, 8 universities under the Consortium of Deemed-to-be-Universities have taken the initiative to offer a helping hand in the form of offering seats to the returning medical students.

8 Karnataka Universities Offer to Help Indian Students Returning from Ukraine

As thousands of Indian students, who had earlier been enrolled in Ukrainian universities, studying a variety of subjects, come back home after the rise of the Russia-Ukraine conflict took a turn for the worse, concerns over the future of their studies were raised. Most of the students pursuing higher education in Ukraine were enrolled in undergraduate medical courses, especially MBBS.

In a bid to support these returning students, the Consortium of Deemed-to-be-Universities (CODEUNIK) in Karnataka have offered their suggestions as to how they can support these students.

Comprising of 8 universities, the consortium CODEUNIK announced that they will be enrolling 25 students per year of the course, in each university. In other words, each of the 8 universities in the Consortium will be accepting a total of 125 students, to help them continue their medical education.

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Speaking on behalf of the Consortium, S Kumar, Secretary at CODEUNIK, stated in a press release that all of the 8 universities in the consortium have been established for more than two decades.

The Hindu reported that one of the main reasons behind the popularity of countries like Ukraine for medical education has been the limited number of seats as well as the affordability and availability of quality medical education.

Further highlighting the importance of this decision, the CODEUNIK statement also revealed that the consortium will accept “any nominal fee as fixed by the government for the repositioned students”. Stating that the next major responsibility of the government is to ensure an uninterrupted education for the students, the statement further read that the offer is yet to be approved by the Ministry of Health, the NMC and the Government of India.

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Through the CODEUNIK statement, Dr Kumar also stated provisions will be provided for the students who “do not match the standards of their counterparts in India”. He stated a bridge course will be conducted to help them come at par with their Indian counterparts.

Dr Kumar also added that taking in 25 students in each of the years in an MBBS degree India, which is conducted for 4.5 years, the total will come up to 125 students per university. Totalling 125 for 8 universities, 1,000 of the total returning students could be accommodated with the member universities of the Consortium. He further highlighted that all 8 universities have been well established for several decades and have enough infrastructure and staff to accommodate the additional students.

Source: The Hindu

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