Students who returned from Ukraine seek opportunities to continue education in India

Mumbai airport blocks special corridor for Indian students arriving in city today from Ukraine | Photo: ANI digital

New Delhi: Indian students who have to drop out of education halfway from the warn-torn Ukraine are looking for opportunities to continue their studies in private medical colleges across the country.

The Ministry of Health and the National Medical Commission have begun discussions to help more than 18,000 medical students to continue their education by relaxing the ‘Foreign Medical Graduate Licentiate Regulations Act’ regarding foreign medical studies.

Senior officials and members from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the National Medical Commission and Niti Ayog will meet next week. If the return of students to Ukraine is not possible in the near future, the possibility of further studies in India will be explored considering it as a separate subject.

There can be two options for the students, either to study in private medical colleges in India or facilitate further study abroad.

According to the Foreign Medical Graduate Licentiate Regulations Act, the student will have to complete education and internship in the same foreign university which the Government of India grants permission to study. If the study is ceased halfway, a special amendment to the law is required for further study in India.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking permission for students to study in India. The IMA has requested that admission should be allowed according to the availability of seats in the colleges where students would like to study.

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