Uncertain future lies ahead for medical students who returned from Ukraine

Malayali students from Ukraine at the Delhi airport | Mathrubhumi photo

Kozhikode: Medical students who returned to Kerala due to the ongoing war in Ukraine are ruing about their uncertain future. With Ukraine battered economically by war and coping with an uncertain future, it is unlikely that these students would be able to return soon. As a result, the students hope for relief measures from the union government and the medical council.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court sought a report from Medical Commission in a case concerning the future of medical students studying abroad. It is reported that the medical commission will give a reply on June 29.

As per the existing law, graduates must complete a course at the university where they studied. Many state governments have agreed to provide facilities to students who returned from Ukraine. However, they are yet to receive permission from the Medical Commission. A student, who sought information from the commission, was told that the final decision must be taken by the union government.

Only the Union Government could take a decision on making any amendments to the existing rules of the Medical Commission.

Meanwhile, the situation in Ukraine is still turbulent. However, the universities there offer online classes and exams for returning students. The new semester will begin in September. But many students who joined the college by taking education loans are unable to pay the fees due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Around 20,000 students, including 18,000 medical students, returned from Ukraine when the war broke out. Of this, 2700 Malayalee students have returned from Ukraine. Even if you get a transfer order(permission) from Ukraine, it is difficult to travel to Russia, where sanctions exist. Parents have repeatedly petitioned MPs and ministers, but no clear answer has been forthcoming.

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