Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sought urgent intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a letter, on Sunday, to facilitate the continuation of medical education of students who had to leave their studies in Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict with Russia.

In his letter, Patnaik has urged the Prime Minister to intervene with the National Medical Commission (NMC) and the concerned ministries over disruption in studies of thousands of such aggrieved medical students.

The Chief Minister has suggested that steps be taken in such a way that students would be able to continue their studies from the stage where they had to quit their studies in Ukraine. 

Patnaik expressed concerns over the future of the students recently evacuated back to home in the wake of Russia's military offensive in Ukraine which has caused immense devastation and forced the shutdown of all institutions in the war-torn country. 

CM Patnaik wrote, "In view of the situation in Ukraine, large number of medical students from Odisha and other parts of India had to return back home. The disruption in their studies is likely to continue until the cessation of the hostilities and restoration of normalcy in their universities in Ukraine."

The letter further read, "This is an unprecedented crisis that has the potential of disrupting the careers of several thousands of young men and women who already gone through the trauma of being in the war zone."

Urging PM Modi to intervene and facilitate the continuation of studies in medical colleges, Patnaik assured to extend full support of Odisha government for implementing a workable solution for this purpose.