Russia Ukraine War: In the midst of Russia's attack on Ukraine, a new challenge has come in front of the Indian students who have returned home after leaving their medical studies in the middle. Their regular (offline) classes and exams are starting. Some universities in the war-torn Ukrainian capital Kyiv have informed students about the resumption of regular classes from September and the mandatory exam 'Kroc' to be held regularly in October. According to the norms in Ukraine, students of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy in their third year of study have to appear for Kroc-1. After completion of the final year, students have to sit for Croc-II, the government's licensing exam for certification to be a doctor or pharmacist.
Ashna Pandit, 20, a student of Taras Shevchenko National Medical University in Kyiv, who has been taking online classes for six months, was shocked to receive a message from her university. It was written in the message that we are ready to conduct regular classes. It will start from 1st September. Your safety is guaranteed. At the same time, Noida resident Aashna and her twin brother Ansh are both fourth year medical students. Now worried about what to do next. Aashna told that when the war is on, the idea of returning to Ukraine at such a time is quite intimidating.
There are six months left in the completion of the course, I can't understand what to do: Student
The student, who hails from Gurugram, on the condition of anonymity, said that the university is asking us to return to the campus. I do not understand what to do? I am in final year and only few months are left for completion of course. On the one hand, I feel that I should take a risk and complete the remaining studies, while on the other hand I am not able to decide whether it will be safe to stay there in the coming time.
University administration is not giving correct information to Indian students
Aashna, a resident of Noida, has spoken to the university officials. The university told him that the situation in Kyiv is normal. The university has not yet clarified whether those who cannot reach the campus will get the facility of online classes. Aashna said that the students may not return to Ukraine for classes, but they will have to go there for Kroc, as it is a qualifying exam to go to the fourth year.
20 thousand Indian students have returned home
According to sources, around 20,000 Indian medical students were brought from Ukraine during the war in March this year. The Center had told the Lok Sabha last month that there is no such provision in the Indian Medical Council Act-1956 and the National Medical Commission Act-2019 to accommodate or transfer medical students from any foreign medical institution to medical colleges in India.