Medical students returning from Ukraine worry about online courses | Gurgaon News

Gurgaon: Medical students returning from war-torn Ukraine are relieved that their colleges have moved their courses online, but fear their degrees will be recognized in India.
They pointed out that medical courses incorporating only online courses are not recognized by the National Medical Commission (NMC). “Online classes are underway which is a relief for students as the semester is supposed to end soon in May. The next semester should start from September. If the situation stabilizes by then, that will help us. But if not, there could be problems,” said Yashika Pawar, 21, a fourth-year student at Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University.
Some students also said online classes are now mandatory, but learning may take a hit. “Online classes only started to end the semester. But classes are erratic; we don’t see the same involvement from teachers due to the ongoing war,” said Kaniska Singh, 20, a ninth-grader. year at Vinnytsia Pirogov National Medical University.
A portion of the students claimed that their parents want to transfer them to another university in India or other countries. “Online courses are useless without clinical exposure and practice. So, like West Bengal, Haryana should allow us to get that hands-on experience from state medical colleges. Second, if the war situation continues, our online degree will not be accepted by the Indian government. Some Gulf countries are offering transfers, but this arrangement does not yet have NMC approval,” said Suhail Khan, 20, a medical student at VN Karazin Kharkiv National University.
The students called on the government to rethink its policies. “We are considering writing to the CM to raise the issue with the Center and the NMC and request a relaxation of the standards,” said Jyoti Yadav, 20, a second-year student at Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University.

Karen O. Fielding