Odishatv Bureau

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader and Member of Parliament from Odisha, Prasanna Acharya on Saturday wrote to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya urging the latter to make alternative arrangements for smooth continuation of medical education of students who have been evacuated from war-torn Ukraine.

Acharya requested Mandaviya to seriously ponder for an immediate alternative arrangement for students who were forced to abandon their studies half-way in view of the situation.'

The Parliamentarian said that all arrangements should be made for the students’ enrolment in various medical colleges in the country, even by relaxing the prevalent rules and guidelines, if necessary.

The BJD MP has further requested the Centre to analyze the reasons why such a sizeable number of Indian students are tempted to go to Ukraine for Medical courses.

Is it because the number of medical seats in India is limited, the expenses for medical education in India are so high in comparison to other countries like Ukraine which the middle-class Indian parents are not able to afford, or whether the standard of medical education in these countries are better than that of India, Acharya asked.

Observing that normalcy does not seem to return in Ukraine in the immediate future and many returnees from the war-hit nation, especially medical students, would not be able to resume their studies, Acharya said the future of such students will be doomed unless and until the Union Government, particularly the Health Ministry takes some immediate steps to help them.

The Rajya Sabha member from Odisha has requested Mandavia to find out suitable solutions to facilitate the continuation of medical education of the Indian students who have been forced to leave Ukraine under drastic circumstances. 

Meanwhile, the National Medical Commission, in a major step, on Saturday announced that foreign medical students with incomplete internships due to the ongoing situations, including the Covid-19 pandemic and the Ukraine crisis, can apply and finish their apprenticeship requirements in India but with conditions.

The Commission has said that the candidates must complete their Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) before applying for internships in India.