Latest Update (April 18, 2022):Indian students who had to flee from Ukraine, owing to the ongoing war with Russia, joined a pan-India protest along with their parents at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on April 17, 2022, to urge the Central government to assist them to continue their education at state universities. More than 20,000 medical students are now staring at their uncertain future.
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Every year thousands of Indian students go to Ukraine to study medicine for the affordability of the course and less competition as compared to India. However, the untoward situation forced them to abandon their studies and return to India.
Members of the Parents Association of Ukraine MBBS Students (PAUMS) at Jantar Mantar are expected to be joined by 500 MBBS students and their parents. The parents lament that the future of their children is in jeopardy as they had to return leaving their education midway due to the conflict.
They urge the government to save the career of their wards. The students were seen demonstrating with placards that read Help all Indian MBBS students of Ukraine and Save the career of Indian students.
In March 2022, a PIL was submitted to the Supreme Court that sought directions on the issue of admission and continuation of studies in India for students who were rescued from war-hit Ukraine.
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In a circular dated March 4, 2022, the National Medical Commission (NMC) allowed foreign medical graduates with incomplete internships, due to reasons like war or the Covid-19 pandemic, to complete the same in India. The NMC has, however, not yet released any direction for students who are in the initial years of their MBBS course.
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Source: Hindustan Times
(April 15, 2022): Amid the uncertainty about the future of Ukraine-returned Indian medical students, those from Punjab have decided to join a pan-India protest on April 17, 2022. As per reports, the protest is a step towards requesting the Indian government to help such students complete their degrees at state universities.
The protest, which will be staged at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi,will also be joined by the worried parents of these students.
In a release issued on April 14, 2022, a few parents highlighted that their children are staring at a bleak future as they were forced to leave war-torn Ukraine and their medical courses midway.
Harish Kumar, the father of Arjun Batish, an MBBS student at Kharkiv National Medical University, urged the Central government to take necessary steps to accommodate the evacuated students and decide on their academic future.
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Kumar further pointed out that four states including Maharashtra, West Bengal, Telangana and Odisha have already announced to admit medical (MBBS) students evacuated from Ukraine to complete their courses in their respective private and public colleges.
Another Patiala resident said that the tensions between Ukraine and Russia are still escalating, making it further uncertain for students to return to Ukraine to complete their degrees.
Earlier in March 2022, parents of a number of final-year MBBS students who returned from Ukraine approached the Muzaffarnagar collectorate, demanding the administration to save the future of their children.
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In the letter, they urged the central government to take account of the hard-earned money of the middle-class parents of these students. They further requested to let their wards complete their studies in India at reasonable fees.
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