In a relief to Indian medical students who have returned from Ukraine after the Russian invasion, India’s National Medical Council (NMC) has given its “no objection” to the academic mobility program being offered by the Ukrainian government for foreign medical students.
Some Ukrainian universities, which are in the worst-affected war zones, have asked foreign students to take “mobility” or transfer programs as the next semesters at most universities begin on 1 September.
Ukrainian universities have tied up with some institutions in the rest of Europe where they will continue to study as their exchange students. However, they will remain students of the Ukrainian university in which they are enrolled and the degree will be awarded by the parent university.
“It is informed that the Mobility Program offered by Ukraine has been considered in the Commission in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which it was informed that the Academic Mobility Program is a temporary transfer to other universities in different countries globally. The National Medical Council said in a statement.
“The Commission grants its no-objection to the Academic Mobility Program in respect of Indian medical students, who are studying in Ukraine, subject to the fulfillment of other criteria of the Screening Test Regulations 2002,” the statement further said.
The NMC’s decision comes after Ukrainian authorities recently asked Indian students to return to campus and resume their classes or enroll in universities in another country under a “student exchange” programme.
Earlier, an Indian Express report said that the NMC had refused to recognize the ‘mobility program’ being offered by the Ukrainian government, putting Indian medical students in trouble. The NMC had also clarified that there was no option to accommodate students in Indian medical colleges.
Thousands of Indian students studying MBBS in Ukraine had to drop out of their studies and leave the war-torn country after the Russian invasion in February. The Indian government organized special flights to evacuate over 22,000 Indians from Ukraine.
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