Parents of Ukraine-returned MBBS students gather at Jantar Mantar, urge Centre to accommodate students in Indian colleges

New Delhi: 

Ukraine-returned MBBS students along with their parents on Sunday gathered at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital requesting the Centre to accommodate their children in Indian medical colleges. A parent claimed that parents from as many as 10 states joined the gathering here.

RB Gupta, President of the Parents Association of Ukraine Medical Students said, “My child is a second-year student who is studying in Ivano. We are in favour of the government. We are just requesting the government that the way they have saved the lives of our children under Operation Ganga, they secure our children’s future the same way.”

He further said that nearly 20,800 students were evacuated from violence-hit nation Ukraine. Of which, 4,800 are in Engineering or other courses. 18,000 students are in medical out of which 4,000 students are in their final year and have already been given directions. 

Gupta said that there is a possibility to accommodate these students in Indian colleges if the government brings out a Bill. 

Aditya Bhardwaj, a fourth-year student at Kharkiv in Ukraine said that online classes are not promising as teachers are taking classes in war zone conditions. He said, “Our future is in dilemma.’

Bhardwaj further talked about the challenges to study medicine in other foreign countries said, “Our external affairs minister said in Lok Sabha that the Indian government is in talks with the European countries to accommodate us. The most important part is that our clinical part of the syllabus is about to start. So, if we go to Hungary, Poland, it is necessary for us to know the local dialect.”

“For our clinical education, we won’t be getting a chance to interact with patients till we don’t know their local language. We learnt Ukrainian for four years, but to go to a new country and learn their language will be an extra burden on us,” Bhardwaj said.

“We are not protesting, we are requesting the government to accommodate our children in colleges. All the parents have come to Delhi to request the government to accommodate their children in Indian medical colleges. We have met our Chief Minister, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and others. Apart from them, we have also met BJP National President JP Nadda at his residence. He assured us that this problem will be solved shortly,” said Dr Rajesh Kumar Chandel from Himachal Pradesh, father of Vivek Chandel, a fifth-year MBBS student of a Kharkiv University in Ukraine. 

“We have come here to show how many students are affected and are requesting the same. We want to collectively raise a voice as it is about the future of our children.”

The External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar in a written statement laid on the table of Rajya Sabha said that the government has been able to safely bring home 22,500 Indian citizens and 147 foreign nationals belonging to 18 countries from Ukraine since February 2022 in the wake of Russia-Ukraine war.

(With inputs from ANI)


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