New Delhi : As the fate of thousands of Indian medical students hangs in the balance in war-torn Ukraine, the country’s doctors’ association is requesting a special provision under the National Medical Commission (NMC) to consider transferring such students to medical colleges. Other countries are legitimate, as well as ensuring their safe return.
This will ensure eligibility to apply for the entrance examination in India for the Foreign Medical Graduate – NEET-FMG (Foreign Medical Graduates Exam).
Ukraine’s state-run universities have been attracting Indian students for years by providing quality medical education at low cost. According to the country’s Ministry of Education and Science, there are approximately 18,095 Indian students in Ukraine.
“We want to coordinate with the Romanian border authorities for their safe passage through their country. Also, special provision has been made by the National Medical Commission (NMC) to consider transferring these MBBS students to medical colleges studying in other countries, when it comes to eligibility for foreign medical graduates to apply for entrance test in India, i.e. NEET-FMG. ), “The Progressive Medicos and Scientists Forum (PMSF) said in a statement.
The incident took place in the wake of the shooting death of an Indian student in Kharkiv, Ukraine. It comes at a time when the Indian government is trying to evacuate Indian nationals from Ukraine. On Monday, the government appointed four Union ministers as “special envoys” to visit Ukraine’s neighboring countries and coordinate the eviction process. India has sent Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju and Junior Aviation Minister VK Singh to the countries.
“We demand a special provision by NMC to relocate Indian students who have done MBBS in Ukraine to another safe country and to consider their transfer as valid and to ensure their eligibility for NEET without any additional paperwork,” said Dr. Harjeet Singh Bhatti, President. , Progressive Medicos and Scientists Forum Mintke said.
On February 24, Russia launched a massive military offensive in Ukraine. Thousands of Indians, including medical students, are stranded in the conflict zone. According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, under Operation Ganga, six flights have now departed for India in the last 24 hours and 1377 more Indian nationals have been safely evacuated from Ukraine.
Doctors’ organizations such as the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) are urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to evacuate Indian nationals and medical students from war-torn areas. Recently, the Indian Medical Association also wrote a letter to the Indian government urging the safe evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine.
Expressing its condolences over the death of a 21-year-old Indian medical student in Ukraine, FORDA tweeted: “We urge @PMOIndia to expedite the ongoing evacuation of our Indian nationals stranded in Ukraine.”
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