India rejects Ukraine's proposal to transfer medical students to European varsities

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New Delhi: Indian regulatory body National Medical Commission (NMC) won't relax its guidelines for medical students enrolled at foreign universities even as many of them found their studies disrupted in the wake of recent upheavals in Ukraine and earlier in China due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The NMC has earlier clarified that the medical students who fled the war in Ukraine will not be allowed to continue their education in India. Now, the Commission has expressed its reluctance in accepting the credentials of students getting transferred to other European universities.

The Commission clarified that it was not against the transfer formula proposed by Ukraine, for students who have sought admission before November 18, 2021. However, as per India's Foreign Medical Graduate Licentiate Regulations, 2021, students should complete the medical course at the same university where they have taken the admission. Accordingly, the students should either return to Ukraine to complete the course or seek admission in India after qualifying the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Examination.

The NMC announcement was in response to the exchange programme announced by Ukraine. It allows students to complete the course in other universities in Europe while remaining enrolled at the Ukrainian universities.

However, the NMC notification states that this facility cannot be allowed for those who have sought admission after November 18, 2021.

What Ukraine said
The authorities of medical universities in Ukraine recently announced that in-person classes would resume from September 1. Even though the country is still reeling from the Russian invasion the universities have decided to resume classes and have made exams mandatory.

Students have been asked to pay the fees for the new semester.

The students could either fly to Ukraine for the classes or continue to attend the online classes until February next year and then join the in– person sessions.

Besides, the war-torn country has also offered to allow the students to continue their course at other European universities while remaining enrolled at their medical colleges.  

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