Indian Medical Colleges not giving admission to Ukraine returnee students

Why are Indian Medical Colleges not giving direct admission to Ukraine returnee students?


The government told Supreme Court in March, that it was following the request made by Ukraine returnee students. The officials assured to look into the matter to allow these students to continue their medical education.

Amidst all the uncertainties, the medical students from Ukraine were forced back to India due to war life situations. These students have left their studies midway are now they are unable to find any solution. Many of them shut down a protest at JantarMantar in Delhi on Sunday. The students requested the union government to help them continue their medical studies in Indian universities.

More than 300 Indian students and parents raised their demands under the parents association of Ukraine MBBS students. They demanded that the government should save students’ careers and allow them to enroll in Indian institutes.

Around 100 Ukraine MBBS returnees met Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, our union education minister, in Delhi on April 16. They submitted a request seeking admission and Indian medical colleges. The students mentioned that they had been facing several issues in their studies since they returned.

What will be the future of 20,000 MBBS students?

The National Medical Commission issued a notification on March 4. It notified that the foreign medical graduates who have not yet completed their internship could continue in India. But it does not say anything about the initial years of the program. The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has left no choice for the students.

The career of more than 20,000 medical students is at stake. CS Kandpal, an educationist, said that it is impossible to admit so many students immediately. He added that the seats in Indian institutes are already full.

Direct admissions in Indian institutes may be impossible, but the government is trying to explore other options. The officials want to ensure that the students continue their learning till the situation in the war-torn country gets back to normal.

Whether direct admission to Ukraine MBBS students not possible?

Ukraine returnee students

There is no provision for getting direct admissions to the students in Indian medical colleges. The students get admission based on merit. So giving direct admissions would violate the entry norms.

Also, the Ukraine returnees had a different curriculum and teaching method. Still, till the universities of Ukraine open up again Indian government is trying to find a solution.

The problem is that, unlike other courses, students cannot learn medical science online. It requires experimental studies with hospitals and patients. However, medical scientists are generating more ideas related to the use of digital technology.

NMC & IMA are with Indian students who returned from Ukraine

The Indian Medical Association wrote to the Prime Minister requesting to take a favorable decision regarding the matter. In a similar attempt, the NMC has allowed the students to continue their internships in India. However, they have to first qualify for the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam. There is no new announcement for the students who have not yet completed their course.

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