Medical students who returned to war-torn Ukraine might get the opportunity to complete their education in countries like Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Kazakhstan.
This was indicated by Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on April 6, Wednesday when he told the Lok Sabha that the Government is in talks with “Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, and Poland (about continuing education for the students evacuated from Ukraine) because they have similar models of education.”
He was responding to the Opposition’s concerns over the disruption of the studies of the evacuated medical students.
Sources said the External Affairs Ministry started looking for option to get the students enrolled on foreign soil in east European nations after it was realised that it was not technically as well as legally possible to relax provisions of the NMC (Foreign Medical Graduate Licentiate) Regulations, 2021, or find alternatives to enable Ukraine-return medical students to complete their courses in private colleges in India.
Presently, there are no norms and regulations under the National Medical Commission Regulations to accommodate medical students, who were studying abroad and had to return to India midway, in Indian medical colleges in between academic sessions.
On the Opposition criticism that the Government sent Union Ministers to neighbouring countries to gain political mileage, Jaishankar said the presence of the Ministers helped the evacuation process.
“Had the four Ministers not gone to countries neighbouring Ukraine, India would not have got the same level of cooperation from them, and, in fact, the ministers worked as a team,”he said.
Commenting on India’s advisories, Jaishankar said, “Our advisories helped people get updates on which border was open and where to move for them in Ukraine.”
He further said the Ukraine Government decided that there will be relaxation (for students) in respect of completion of medical education.
“The KROK 1 (Ukrainian Medical Examination) exam, for 3rd-year medical students to go to the 4th year, was postponed to next academic year. The students are allowed to progress to the next academic year on the basis of the completion of the study requirement,”Janshankar said.
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