Russia has served an offer for Indian students who left Ukraine due to the war. The country said the such students can continue their studies in Russia. A Russian envoy said the medical syllabus is the same in both countries.
Russian Consul General Oleg Avdeev in Chennai said, “Indian students who left Ukraine can continue their education in Russia as the medical syllabus is almost the same (as Ukraine). They know the language of the people, as, in Ukraine, most of them speak Russian. They’re most welcome in Russia”.
As far as students are concerned, students keep going to Russia for studies. It is an upward trend. More and more students are applying for scholarships in Russia,” the Russian diplomat added.
The offer comes two months after the Union government rejected to give medical seats to distressed students in their own country.
The Centre had told the Supreme Court that Indian students pursuing MBBS in Ukraine, whose studies were disrupted because of war and subsequent evacuation, would not be admitted to medical colleges in India as that would amount to giving ‘backdoor entry’ to less meritorious students.
The centre carved out an exception for the final year medical students and said, “Indian students, who were in the last year of their undergraduate medicine courses and had to leave their foreign medical institutions due to Covid-19 and Russia-Ukraine conflict and subsequently completed their studies to get completion certificate from their respective institutions on or before June 30, have been permitted to appear in Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE)”.
It said that these students had gone abroad to study medicine because of their poor scores on the NEET exam and the affordability of education in those countries. “In case these students with poor merit allowed admissions in premier medical colleges in India by default, there may be several litigations from those desirous students who could not get admission because of poor scores in NEET”, it said.