New Delhi, March 4
The Union Ministry of Health and the National Medical Commission are studying the possibility of relaxing the provisions of the NMC (Foreign Medical Graduate Licenciate) Regulations of 2021 or finding alternatives to allow medical students returning to Ukraine to complete their courses in private colleges in India or abroad.
Officials from the NMC, Ministry of Health, MEA and NITI Aayog will hold an important meeting soon and the matter will be considered on humanitarian grounds and looked into sympathetically, sources said.
In accordance with the provisions of the National Medical Commission (Foreign Medical Graduate License) Regulations, 2021, the entire course, training and internship or externship must be undertaken outside India at the same institution foreign medical doctor throughout the studies.
The provisions also state that no part of the medical training and internship shall be carried out in India or any country other than that from where the primary medical qualification is obtained.
An official source said that currently there are no standards or regulations under the National Medical Commission regulations to accommodate medical students, who were studying abroad and had to return to India halfway, in Indian medical colleges between an academic session.
“However, in view of these extraordinary situations, the matter will be reviewed on humanitarian grounds and looked into sympathetically,” the source said.
“Discussions within the Ministry of Health and the NMC must begin to explore the possibility of relaxing the provisions of the NMC (Foreign Medical Graduate Licenciate) regulations of 2021 or finding alternatives to allow these students to complete their courses in private medical colleges or allow their transfer to overseas colleges,” an official source said.
Finding a way requires extensive brainstorming and deliberation, according to the source.
Ukraine has a six-year MBBS course and a two-year internship program and it is much more affordable than that of private medical colleges in India.
With thousands of students fleeing the war-torn country, their future is in jeopardy.