Latest Update (May 13, 2022) - In view of the current situation, the Supreme Court of India has ordered the National Medical Commission (NMC) to frame a one-time measure scheme that permits Ukraine-returned Indian medical students to take clinical training in India.
Dr Z Zayapragassarazan, professor and head of the Medical Education department at JIPMER, said that due to Covid-19, the education sector has opted for an online learning system. However, in the medical field, it is tough to complete the course completely online. He added that there are theories that need practical training. So, providing these students with clinical training in Indian colleges can be a workable and temporary solution.
He further suggested a two-pronged approach that should be included in any upcoming related policy. Zayapragassarazan said that each and every medical student should be examined on their theoretical knowledge. According to the results, these students will be then attached to any available practitioner to check their skills and attitude. If a student successfully passes all these stages, they can be permitted to take clinical training at Indian medical colleges for now.
The system can be time-consuming, but it is important to make sure that these students' medical journey should not remain incomplete, he concluded.
Meanwhile, The Union Health Ministry is planning to hold a meeting to discuss the future of Ukraine-returned Indian medical students as many of them are yet to complete their courses and practical training. However, NMC has no norms to accommodate students who have returned leaving their courses midway. Yet, the Supreme Court’s order, about accommodating the students whose future is now in jeopardy, has to be complied with.
Hence, NMC has requested the Health Ministry to provide their views on the matter.
The authority has already allowed Ukraine-return Indian medical students with incomplete internships, who are unable to complete them due to Covid-19, to continue their practical training in India.
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Source: The Times of India
To help Indian MBBS students from foreign universities hit by the Ukraine crisis and COVID-19 pandemic, The Supreme Court has asked the National Medical Commission (NMC) to frame a scheme within two months to complete clinical training in medical colleges here.
The direction comes after the apex court was hearing an appeal by the NMC against a Madras HC order seeking to register an MBBS graduate from a Chinese university in India.
However, the court opined that there was nothing wrong in denying the registration as, without practical training, no doctor can be expected to take care of the citizens of any country in this world
A bench comprising justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian, asserted that providing a provisional registration to an MBBS student without no prior clinical training would be compromising not only the health of the citizens but also the health infrastructure at large.
Though the SC understood the difficulty faced by the Indian students who were unable to complete their clinical or practical training in foreign universities due to the COVID-19 crisis and the Ukraine-Russia war. Stepping forward for such students, the apex court ordered the NMC to set a scheme as a one-time measure within 60 days to allow such students to undergo clinical training in India in the medical colleges.
The 18-page verdict further highlighted that NMC is open to test students in order to check whether they are sufficiently trained to be provisionally registered for successful completion of an internship for 12 months. The Supreme Court of India was also highly sceptical of MBBS students' submissions that several students with the same situation have been allowed provisional registration.
Last week, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari requested the Chairman of NMC Dr Suresh Sharma to look into the problems of Indian students studying in the Philippines and offer an appropriate relief.
Source: The Indian Express
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