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Ukraine-returned students seek govt help for admission in Indian Medical Colleges

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: On Sunday, students and parents who had been evacuated from war-torn Ukraine gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to ask the government for help in finding them places at Indian institutions. “Help all Indian MBBS students of Ukraine” and “Save the career of Indian students,” was written on placards held by the students.

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After Russian forces started an offensive against Ukraine, tens of thousands of Indian students studying at various medical institutions in the nation were forced to quit their studies and return home.

Last month, a petition was submitted in the Supreme Court asking for guidance on the subject of Indian medical students who were evacuated from Ukraine being admitted and continuing their studies in the nation.

The petition also asked the Centre to give a medical subject equivalency orientation programme so that they may be admitted to the Indian curriculum. The Indian Medical Association has also urged that such students be admitted at Indian medical institutes as a one-time gesture to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a letter to Prime Minister Modi on March 4, the IMA stated that such students should be allowed to complete their MBBS degrees in Indian medical institutions through a “appropriate disbursed distribution,” but that this should not be construed as an increase in yearly admission capacity.

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