Advocacy to HC to allow medical students who returned from Ukraine to continue their studies in Indian colleges


New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI) A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court asking the Center to facilitate the continued education of Indian medical students who have returned from war-torn Ukraine in national colleges.

The Pravasi Legal Cell petition, likely to be scheduled for hearing on March 21, demanded that the central government allow these students to complete their studies in Indian medical colleges as an emergency and one-time measure.

The petition argued that currently there are no standards and regulations in place to accommodate these rescued medical students in Indian medical colleges and the current crisis in Ukraine has the potential to disrupt the careers of Indian students who have already suffered the trauma of being in the war zone.

“There are about 20,000 Indian students who were studying in Ukraine, and in the current situation, there is no end in sight to the miseries of these students who make their lives uncertain,” said the petition filed by the lawyer MP Srivignesh.

“To instruct the Respondents (Centre and National Medical Commission) to take appropriate measures to enable and facilitate the continuation of studies of Indian medical students in medical colleges in India from the time their studies in Ukraine were terminated due to the war,” the petition prayed.

He said such a one-time exception for war-affected Indian students is not only in line with the Indian Constitution, which guarantees the right to life, justice, equity and fair play, but will equally well with the ideals of India as a true welfare state.

“The right to life under Article 21, which should mean and include the right of access and pursuit of medical studies in India by Indian students who are forced to leave their medical studies abroad due to of the current scenario,” the petition reads.

The petitioner, who claims to be an organization working for the welfare of migrants, said that no action has been taken regarding his representation by the authorities so far. Announcements PTI RT RT RT

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