Maharashtra govt mulls to offer online courses, permission to appear in NEET to students returning from Ukraine

The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) is poised to provide online education to medical students returning from war-stricken Ukraine and some of them may also appear before the NEET, officials said on Wednesday.

Minister of Medical Education Amit Deshmukh held a meeting here on how to assist these students, abandoned by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, she added.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant, Vice Chancellor of MUHS Lt Gen (Retd) Madhuri Kanitkar and Shiv Sena, Member of the Legislative Council, Manisha Kayande.

“The MUHS has expressed a willingness to provide medical courses to students who have returned to Ukraine because they have stopped their education due to the Russian invasion. These wounds are online courses,” Kaande later told reporters.

“It would cover some parts of the course that the students would have missed. We are also offering the students a number of other alternatives and all options are being explored,” she said.

Those who were not admitted to medical colleges in Ukraine until November 2021 or later will also be allowed to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance (NEET), the entrance examination for medical courses in India, an official who attended the meeting said.

“The proposal is still in its infancy and we are all working on it,” he added.

Of the 18,000 Indian students studying in Ukraine, about 2,000 belonged to Maharashtra, the official said.

Sajal Jain
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