Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kochi: Students from Kerala enrolled for MBBS in Chinese universities, who were forced to return to India in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, has now approached the Kerala High Court to allow them practical training (including clinical) and internships in the country.
92 students through Foreign Medical Graduates Parents Association (FMGPA) - a registered association formed for the welfare of Indian students pursuing medical education in foreign countries – moved the court.
According to students, National Medical Commission has not approved their request to undertake practical training and internship here. Similarly, the Commission also maintains that online mode of education is not valid without supplementary practical cources. Meanwhile, due to travel restrictions to China, the students are exasperated with no other options left. Last week FMGA had organized protest outside the secretariat to raise their demand.
Chinese universities consider practical training and internships under Indian hospitals following World Health Organization (WHO) standards as valid. The students are demanding to be given opportunities in such hospitals.
Meanwhile, in the plea filed by students, the court has sought the explanation of the Union government to know its stance over the matter.