Ukraine study: Indian students stare at uncertainty

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 Indian students pursuing medicine in Ukraine, many of them from the two Telugu speaking States, could face uncertainty when it comes to completing their degrees and starting their own practice in India. The MBBS students, after their return to India from Ukraine, will have to face several regulatory roadblocks related to their MBBS degrees.

Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, there is no set time frame for the resumption of courses offered by local medical colleges in the war-torn country. Indian students pursuing medicine in these medical colleges do not have the option of migrating to medical schools in other countries, as it is not permissible by the National Medical Commission (NMC), the regulatory body for medical education in India.

Every year, around 4,000 Indian students with MBBS degrees from various medical colleges in Ukraine, apply with the NMC to appear for Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE), so that they can start practicing in India. Due to the war in Ukraine, almost all of them are in the process of returning back to India, without any clarity on when their medical courses in Ukraine will resume.

According to the Foreign Medical Graduate Licentiate (FMGL) Regulations, 2021 of National Medical Commission, “The entire course, training and internship or clerkship shall be done outside India in the same foreign medical institution throughout the course of the study and no part of the medical training and internship shall be done in India or in any other country other than the country from where the primary medical qualification is obtained”.

Moreover, to be eligible to appear for the FMGE, medical students pursuing MBBS in foreign universities must also complete at least 12 months of internship. “In addition to completing an internship of minimum duration of 12 months in the same foreign medical institution, the foreign medical graduates are also required to undergo a supervised internship in India for a minimum term of 12 months,” the NMC regulations make it clear.

With no signs of restoration of normalcy in Ukraine, medical students who had to return back to India may have to wait at least a year or two for the situation to stabilize, before thinking of returning back to their medical colleges.

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