Future of Ukraine returnee Indian Medical students – A Tough battle now

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Future of Ukraine returnee Indian Medical students – A Tough battle now


Ravi Kumar 


The troubles of the students returning from Ukraine to India are not over yet. Most of the Indian students have returned to their homes safely, but their future now hangs in the balance. In India, every year about eight lakh students appear for the MBBS entrance exam, out of these, only one lakh students get admission in Indian medical colleges. This is the reason why every year thousands of Indian students have to move to other countries, including Ukraine, to study medicine. According to the Government of India, there are a total of 88,120 MBBS seats and as many as 27,498 BDS seats in government and private medical colleges in the country, and about 50 per cent of MBBS seats are in private colleges.

In interaction with Ms. Shireen Tabasum resident of Dilkushnagar of Balanagar Division in Kukatpally. Talk to Wake Up Telangana Repoter .  She is a MBBS student studying in 3 year in Zaporizhzhia State Medical University, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ukraine. She had spent a tough time of 6 days during the war in bunker. She says due missile attack during the war the entire university has been collapsed and she is more worried about her studies which is almost one year left. She hails from a middle class family and she has spent almost 26 lakhs for her studies for last 3 years.Shireen Tabasum says that the biggest problem before the students is that how will it be confirmed that which student has studied in which university for how many years and how was his performance in the last semester, And we the students do not even have concrete provisional proof of their partially-completed studies that they have done in Ukraine. Although if we have also such provisional proofs are not recognised anyway she said, it can at least for the satisfaction of the students, who are hopeful that soon the war between Russia and Ukraine will end and they will be able to go back to Ukraine to complete their studies. However, even if the war ends soon, it will not be possible for every student to return to Ukraine and resume their studies as the university has collapsed to ground in missile attack.


She also added there were about 18,000 Indian students studying medicine in Ukraine, it is not possible to provide immediate admission in Indian colleges to all these students. As that seats are already full in almost all medical colleges. In such a situation, it does not seem to be possible to have any immediate arrangement for these students.


According to sources, the rules of the National Medical Commission of India regarding foreign medical graduates are also very strict. Furthermore, there is no such rule in the country according to which those returning from abroad in mid of their MBBS course can get admission in the medical colleges here. Even for those who have completed medical studies from abroad, there are strict criteria, which they need to fulfil before starting their practice in India.


Hope the Indian government should take a call and should accommodate all the students with out any restrictions is what her father Momeen Ali was anticipating.

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