Ukrainian university students ask Indians to return or join transfer programs

News about returnees to Ukraine: Ukrainian university authorities want Indian students to resume classes, asking them to return to campus despite the risks, temporarily join online classes or enroll through universities in other countries.

Some universities, located in the hardest-hit war zones with considerable damage to their facilities, are opting for the last option: asking students to accept “mobility” or transfer programs. Ukrainian universities have linked up with certain institutes in the rest of Europe where they will continue to study as exchange students.

Since the next semester of most Ukrainian universities starts on September 1, students have until next week to clear their fees and make a decision. Some universities have also told students that they wrote to the National Medical Council (NCM) in India as well as the Indian Embassy in Ukraine. These universities said they did not get clarity from them about the decision of medical students returned to Ukraine or the validity of continuing online classes.

Dr Audhoot Nidgude, representative of MD House in Maharashtra, said options to continue online classes or mobility to other countries were being considered, but did not elaborate. MD House is an agency that recruits students for Bokovinian State Medical University (BSMU) in Chernivtsi, which has over 1,800 Indian students.

However, a number of BSMU students shared a letter with The Indian Express saying that the university will resume classes in offline mode for those who can come to Ukraine, while online mode will be offered to those who they cannot return at this time.

“We recommend transit visas for countries bordering the Chernivtsi region, such as Moldova or Romania, to come to BSMU. Tuition fees must be paid by August 26, which indicates students’ decision to continue learning at our university,” the letter said.

A student at Taras Shevchenko National Medical University in Kyiv, one of the affected areas, also confirmed that he has informed students about the resumption of offline classes. The university has also said it is also trying to organize mobility programs in Georgia or Poland.

BSMU, in their letter, acknowledged that there are restrictions on online education in some countries, but they are yet to know the official position of the NMC or the Indian government, despite writing to them.

Kharkiv National Medical University (KNMU) students said the official partner for recruiting Indian students to the university, Bob Trade Education Group, has offered a transfer.

Mudit Mehrotra, a third-year student at KNMU who is currently in his hometown of Varanasi, said the agency is expected to transfer students to Georgia. “The process is underway and is expected to last until mid-October, which means we will be able to go,” Mehrotra said.

However, while students from other universities are still facing uncertainties, Pranjal Kaushik, who studies at Dnipro State Medical University and is currently in Chhattisgarh’s Bhilai, said there were several options .
offered by the university.

“They have offered us four formats; one option is to continue studying online at the university while staying in the same country of residence. A second option is a mixed form of study if we plan to go to Dnipro, which includes online theoretical classes and practical classes. A third format is a form of mixed education with the involvement of partner foreign universities and the fourth option is to study at a partner university in an academic mobility program for one or two semesters,” he said.

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