Secure future of Indian medical students returned from Ukraine, MK Stalin urges PM Modi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote that it was now impossible for these medical students to resume their education in Ukraine.

ByUmar Sharieef

Published Jul 24, 2022 | 4:57 PMUpdatedJul 29, 2022 | 11:09 AM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday, 24 July, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure the future of Indian medical students who returned from Ukraine due to its invasion by Russia.

Stalin’s letter came after a response from the Minister of State of Health and Family Welfare in the Lok Sabha that the National Medical Council (NCM) had not permitted the transfer or accommodation of any foreign medical students in any Indian medical university or institution.

“Since the beginning of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, around 2,000 medical students from Ukraine have returned to Tamil Nadu, one of the most significant numbers among all the states in our country,” Stalin said in his letter.

He also pointed out that it was now practically impossible for these students to return to Ukraine to resume their studies, and that the uncertainties are likely to prevail even after the cessation of hostilities.

Reiterating the state’s stand to accommodate these students in India or suitable universities abroad, Stalin also acknowledged the Union government’s effort to bring back several students during the war, and added that the students were disappointed that the Central government had taken no steps to ensure the continuation of their education.

“I would therefore request you to direct the NMC and the Union Ministries concerned to initiate steps to bring in necessary amendments in the relevant Central Acts to enable these students to continue their studies in medical colleges in India,” he wrote in the letter to the prime minister.

“If this solution is deemed difficult, then necessary steps need to be immediately initiated by the Union Government to provide these students with an alternative option to continue their studies in foreign Universities, with similar regulations and academic ambiance,” added Stalin.

Requesting urgent intervention from the Union government and noting the delay, Stalin assured full cooperation for all the efforts the Centre made on the issue.