Central Government briefed Supreme Court that under ‘Operation Ganga’, Indian Government has so far evacuated 22,500 students and Indians from Ukraine, this herculean task has been completed.
It also informed the Supreme Court that students who have returned from Kyiv be allowed to continue their degrees here in India. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is looking into this and will soon take a decision.
Several Indian students who have gone to Ukraine and neighbouring countries, are stranded and are waiting to go home; fearing for their future and careers to be in jeopardy. Talks of integrating these students who have been evacuated have begun and IMA suggested that these students be allowed to join Indian medical schools as a one-time decision.
The majority of students have not yet heard from their universities in Ukraine, although the education administrators have mentioned online classes once the situation went back to normal.
While many Indian Chief Ministers and academic administrators have extended their support to IMA and agreed to allow students of their respective states to study MBBS in the colleges, some medical administrators are still sceptical and feel that this whole process would be a mammoth task.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, Indian Students from China are in a similar situation. China has not yet commenced any flights from India to China, and Chinese diplomats have delayed the discussion with Indian diplomats on the same issue.
World Medical Association’s Treasurer and erstwhile president of IMA, Dr. Ravi Wankhedkar said, “Indian Government’s first action is to provide psychological counselling to all the evacuated students from Ukraine even before integrating them back to medical schools here in India. Next, it should have an in-detail dialogue with National Medical Commission, Universities, student bodies, academicians about the existing rules and regulations and how can these students be integrated back into medical schools. These decisions cannot be taken hastily.”