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Rashmi Rekha Das

Over 500 medical students studying in Ukraine had to return Odisha after war erupted between Ukraine and Russia. Though three months have elapsed to their return from the war-hit country, they are still worried about their studies. Uncertain about their future, those students staged a dharna at Lower PMG Square on Wednesday seeking admission in Indian MBBS institutions. 

They claimed that their studies got disrupted due to the war between the two still continue. As they are unsure about their return, they want to continue their study till restoration of normalcy in their universities in Ukraine. Meanwhile, they are attending online classes with war being continued. But they are deprived of practical classes.

They have meanwhile urged the government to intervene with the National Medical Commission and the ministries concerned to enable and facilitate continuance of their studies in the medical colleges in India. 

Abhipsa Nayak said, “We are really worried as no concrete decision has been taken by NMC for our admission for which we had to sit in a dharna. We would like to demand Odisha government to give us admission so that our future won’t be spoiled. Four months have passed till we returned from Ukraine but no decision has been taken keeping our future in view.”

Dhirendra Jethy, parent of a student, said, “ Ukraine returnee students have formed a committee and hit the street peacefully for fulfilment of our demands. Even after four months the state government is yet to do the needful for them. We are requesting the government to give them admission in private medical colleges.”

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