Maharashtra government plans to offer online courses and permission to appear in NEET to students returning from Ukraine

The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) is ready to offer online training to medical students returning from war-torn Ukraine and some of them may also be allowed to appear for the NEET, it was announced on Wednesday officials.

Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh held a meeting here on how these students, left behind due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, can be helped, they added.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Higher and Technical Education Uday Samant, MUHS Vice Chancellor Lt Gen (Retd) Madhuri Kanitkar and Legislative Council Member Shiv Sena Manisha Kayande.

“The MUHS has expressed its willingness to organize medical courses for students returning to Ukraine, as they have interrupted their studies due to the Russian invasion. It would be online courses,” Kayande later told reporters.

“It would cover some parts of the course that students would have missed. We are also providing other alternatives for students and all possibilities are being evaluated,” she said.

Those who had not been admitted to medical schools in Ukraine until November 2021 or later may also be allowed to sit the National Eligibility cum Entrance (NEET), the entrance exam for medical courses in India , said an official present at the meeting. .

“The proposal is at a nascent stage and we are all working on it,” he added.

Out of 18,000 Indian students who were studying in Ukraine, around 2,000 were from Maharashtra, the official said.

Karen O. Fielding