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Medical Colleges In Ukraine Offer Online Classes

Online classes are expected to begin in most Ukrainian colleges, providing urgent but temporary respite to Indian medical students whose education has been halted due to the country’s protracted conflict.

Students reported they were notified of the transfer via correspondence from Ukrainian universities. Though Poland, the UAE, Hungary, and the Centre offered assistance to the students, the bulk of them prefer to complete their studies in Ukraine to avoid future complications over college transfers.

Raifa, a Kerala-born undergraduate medical student who was studying in the war-torn country, is relieved that her classes would resume shortly. “Even if it’s online, I’m happy that there is some continuity. My college has mailed me about online classes starting soon,” she said.

As per students currently in India, the ambiguity about how the course will unfold, the deadlock situation of Indian students pursuing MBBS from China who has not been able to return for the past two years, and the fact that the National Medical Commission does not recognize or approve any medical course conducted solely online are all contributing to the problem.

Apart from India, which now allows Ukrainian students to do their internships here, institutions in Poland, Hungary, the UAE, and other countries have also opened their doors to this segment. The Gulf Medical University (GMU) is prepared to absorb displaced Indian medical students with free seats and scholarships based on merit standards and the university’s admission policies, providing significant relief to Indian medical students evacuated from Ukrainian universities.

According to a statement, the goal of this initiative is to ensure that kids who are affected do not have their education disrupted. The students, on the other hand, are unsure how the transfer system will function and are not eager to wait for prospective internship opportunities. Many of them wish to complete their undergraduate studies in Ukraine.

“We don’t want to take chances about how breaks and transfer in the course will work for us in the future. Almost all the countries have their own sets of rules when it comes to foreign nationals working as doctors there or even for those wanting to study for post-graduation. It’s best to finish the entire course from one country and one university,’’ said another student from West Bengal who did not want to be identified.

Students in their third and fourth years are now concerned about their practical classes and accept that online lectures are only good for theory. Apart from medical undergraduate students studying in Ukraine, individuals who have been in India for the past two years as a result of the pandemic in China have also requested assistance from the Centre. The government has gone above and beyond to assist Ukrainian students.

The Indian government has offered them assistance in completing their internships, and other foreign colleges have volunteered to house them. None of these benefits have been extended to Indian students studying in Chinese medical schools.

“We hope the government will step in and do something for them as well,’’ said Sunil Sharma from Haryana, whose daughter is enrolled for medical education in China and has been in India for over two years now.

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