Supreme Court seeks response from Centre, NMC on medical students returned to Ukraine

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Center and the National Medical Commission (NMC) to respond to a petition by students who were forced to return from Ukraine due to the war situation in the country seeking permission to continue their training in India.

A bench headed by Justice Hemant Gupta will hear the matter on September 5.

Taking up their plea, Justice Gupta pointed out that there are about 20,000 students and questioned whether India has the capacity to accommodate all of them.

The students’ lawyer said they chose Ukraine because they could not get admissions in government seats in India.

The court noted that for government seats in India, merit is the criteria.

The lawyer said that he is not asking for first-year students to be accommodated, but for final-year students.

Senior advocate R Basant, who also appeared for the students, said that after 2018, even they have to take the same exam as the students entering India. They have to qualify the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) to apply for admission outside India, he said, adding that therefore it is not entirely correct to say that they are not meritorious.

The court said that the government has made a policy regarding students who have completed their course from China to complete their internship in India. But Basant said, “We are students who could not complete the course,” adding that some push from the court would help them. “We can’t go back to Ukraine… All we’re asking is for the government to look into it,” he presented.

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