National Medical Council Tribute to Ukraine’s “Academic Mobility Plan”

In a major relief for Indian medical students who returned from Ukraine after the attack by Russian forces, the National Medical Council (NMC) has notified that it has no objections to the “academic mobility scheme” proposed by the Ukrainian government to Indian medical students.

In the coming semester, Ukrainian universities are offering a “mobility program” for Indian students where they can choose to study in another university for a few semesters under the “student exchange” program . Last month, NMC said it did not recognize the “mobility scheme” offered by the Ukrainian government to foreign medical students, raising concerns among students. But now the medical board issued a new notification on Tuesday.

The NMC Undergraduate Medical Education Council said: “It is informed that the mobility scheme proposed by Ukraine has been reviewed by the Commission in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which it has been left hear that the academic mobility program is temporary relocation to other universities. in different countries of the world. However, the degree will be awarded by the parent Ukrainian university.

“The Commission hereby conveys its No Objection Scheme for Academic Mobility for Indian medical students studying in Ukraine provided that other criteria of the Drug Testing Regulations 2002 are met”, she added.

Abhishek Sharma, 22, who belongs to Kotkapura and is a first-year MBBS student at Kharkiv National Medical University, said: “Last month, the agency that got me admitted to the university and m helped there, informed me that I had the option of relocating. a university in another European country, as part of the academic mobility programme. I didn’t pursue it because NMC didn’t recognize it initially. But now they don’t mind, so I’ll look for options if possible.

Indian students have received emails from Ukrainian universities to pay fees for the next semester. Students are offered the option of returning to university for offline classes or continuing to study theory online and returning for hands-on training around February 2023, at the start of the next semester. The other option offered is a “mobility program” where their courses will be organized in another university in Europe even though they will remain students of the Ukrainian university. Many Indian students who had enrolled in Ukrainian medical colleges are willing to move to another European country to take the course under the mobility scheme.


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