Working on the launch of the web portal to help medical students returned to Ukraine, Center in SC

The Center told the Supreme Court on Friday that they are working on the suggestions given by the court to help medical students who have returned to India from Ukraine in view of the war with Russia.

On September 16, the apex court had suggested that the Center assist these medical students by setting up a web portal with details of foreign universities, where they could complete their studies under the government’s academic mobility scheme.

The counsel for the Center told the high court on Friday that they have written to the secretaries of the external affairs and health ministries on the issue.

“Regarding the latest order, we have written to the secretaries of MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) as well as Health. Our instruction is that they are there,” the lawyer told a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia.

The lawyer further said that in the last hearing, the apex court had indicated that a web page can be made where the information can be put so that there is clarity.

“We’re on it,” the lawyer said, adding: “It’s being treated with the highest priority.” The high court posted the matter for hearing on October 11.

When one of the advocates said that final year medical students may be allowed to pursue online education, the bench observed, “We are not saying anything. We will pass a comprehensive order.”

At the outset, one of the advocates, who was represented by some of the students, said that several states have written to the Center on the issue.

Arguing that around 13,000 medical students are affected, the lawyer said the Center and the National Medical Commission should talk to these states.

On September 16, the apex court said that there should be a transparent system and the web portal should specify the complete details of fees and number of seats available in alternative foreign universities from where these students could pursue their studies.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, had sought time to take instructions from the government on the bench’s suggestions.

The top court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by students, who are first-year to fourth-year medical students in their respective foreign medical colleges or universities.

These students mainly seek transfer to medical colleges in India in their respective semesters.

The Centre, in its affidavit filed last week on the matter, had said that they (students) cannot be accommodated in medical colleges here due to lack of legal provisions and so far, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has not given any permission. transfer or host foreign medical students to any Indian medical institute or college.

However, he had said that to help and assist these returnee students who could not complete their MBBS courses in Ukraine, NMC in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs has issued a public notice dated September 6, 2022 (Schedule of academic mobility), indicating that NMC would accept the completion of your remaining courses in other countries (with the approval of the parent university or institution in Ukraine).

The government had said that after the completion of their remaining courses, it is expected that the certificate of course completion/degree will be issued by the parent institutions in Ukraine.

He added that in the September 6 public notice, the phrase “global mobility” cannot be interpreted as accommodation of such students in Indian colleges/universities, as the existing regulations in India do not allow migration of students from foreign universities to India. .

The government had further said, “It is humbly submitted that in respect of these students, there are no such provisions either in the Medical Council of India Act, 1956 or the Medical Commission Act 2019, nor in the regulations to accommodate. or transfer medical students from any foreign medical institute or college to Indian medical colleges.”

The students have relied on the report of the Lok Sabha committee on external affairs dated August 3, which had recommended the ministry of health and family welfare to accommodate these students in Indian colleges/universities as spot measure

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