Ukrainian medical students who were evacuated are on hunger strike and demanding admission to Indian colleges.
After Russian forces launched an offensive, thousands of Indian students enrolled in various medical institutes throughout Ukraine were forced to drop out of their classes and return home.
Medical students who were evacuated from the conflict-torn Ukraine sat on a hunger strike on Sunday outside Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, calling for temporary admission to the nation's medical colleges.
According to them, there are roughly 12,000 students, excluding those who are in their last year, and because there are at least 600 medical colleges in the nation, each one can handle only about 20 students.
The rally featured about 350 protesters.
According to R B Gupta, head of the Parents' Association of Ukraine Medical Students (PAUMS), 35 of these students participated in a hunger strike from 10 am to 5 pm. They were from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
"Additionally, we marched to Jantar Mantar. We need the government's assistance in providing for our kids. In Ivano, my child was a second-year student (Ukrainian city). We are simply asking the government to accommodate these kids once as a temporary solution, "added said.
In this regard, PAUMS has also written Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"There are roughly 15,000–16,000 medical students, about 3,000 of whom are in their last year, and it is a comfort that the NMC (National Medical Commission) has allowed them to finish their internship in India. This leaves us with about 12,000 pupils that need to be admitted now. There are around 606 medical colleges in India, thus each one can only hold 20–21 students "read the letter.
"Due to the unique nature of the current war, extraordinary planning, actions, and solutions are required. We are confident that a lenient stance would be taken when making a decision about how to accommodate all MBBS students from Ukraine who have returned, and that our plea will be appropriately taken into consideration. We will be very grateful "It was ad.
After Russian forces launched an offensive against the eastern European nation, thousands of Indian students who were enrolled in medical schools all throughout Ukraine were forced to drop out of their education and return home.
Parents of MBBS students had also protested at Jantar Mantar in April, calling for the government to step in and help them get their kids into medical schools.
A Public Interest Litigation was launched in March asking the Supreme Court to set guidelines on the students' admission and continued education in India.
The petition asked the Center for instructions on how to set up a medical subject equivalency orientation program for such students.
The Indian Medical Association has also advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to temporarily accommodate these students at Indian medical schools.
The IMA stated in a letter to Modi dated March 4 that such students should be allowed to continue their MBBS studies at Indian medical colleges through a "appropriate dispersed distribution," but that this should not be interpreted as an increase in the annual intake capacity.