Plea in SC to allow medical students returning from Ukraine to continue their education in India

A PIL has been filed with the Supreme Court requesting instructions on the issue of admission and continuation of studies in the country by Indian medical students recently evacuated from war-stricken Ukraine.

The ad also called for instructions to the Center to offer an orientation program on the equivalence of medical subjects for admission into the Indian curriculum.

The plea from lawyer Rana Sandeep Bussa and others said their subpoena invokes the most glaring fundamental right guaranteed by Article 21 – the protection of life and personal liberty.

Since the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine and the return of students from Ukraine, several petitions have been filed with high courts and the Supreme Court asking for direction from the Center to continue the studies of Indian medical students who have returned from Ukraine in domestic colleges.

A petition has also been filed by Pravasi’s legal cell at the Delhi High Court to seek direction from the Center in this regard.

The petition filed in the highest court says the Union government has done a great job bringing Indian students back home, but is being stripped of their fundamental right to education.

It said the government must step in and ensure the necessary integration of foreign medical students into the Indian medical curriculum.

“Many Indian students studying in Ukraine have been expelled from their medical universities and forced to leave their medical studies in between and this war has caused immense financial, mental and physical hardships for Indian medical students, including academic collapse,” the plea said.

The plea said the National Medical Commission has allowed foreign medical graduates to complete their internships in India because of the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, “so against this background, the government must consider the plight of these medical students.”

Sajal Jain
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