Families of Indian students who fled Ukraine step up pressure on government

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New Delhi, June 26: Indian students who returned from Ukraine about three months ago will start a hunger strike with their parents at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Sunday for the Prime Minister to consider their demands and problems.

This demonstration will last one day and 300 people have been authorized by the police.

The Association of Parents of Ukrainian Medical Students (PAUMS) has made it clear that students and their families will go on a hunger strike on Sunday. “The government is now forcing us to agitate. We have protested peacefully so far, but if the government does not pay attention to us, then families will be forced to commit suicide,” he said.

Trisha Sagar, who returned from Venice, Ukraine, is studying in her second year. “We were brought home as part of Operation Ganga, we thank the Prime Minister. But if we were to be left like this, then we wouldn’t need to be called back. If we are going to see the highs National Medical Commission (NMC) officials with our demands, they speak inappropriately, we are humiliated,” she said.

“We were told, ‘You don’t deserve to study here, you can’t become a doctor here. You didn’t go to Ukraine to ask us.’ “We would like to ask them if their permission is needed to go abroad? Wouldn’t they know that we are going there for studies? Then why are they behaving badly with us?” asked Trisha.

In Ukraine, medical studies are completed in six years. After that, students must complete a mandatory one-year internship. Then, a one-year supervised internship is also required to be eligible to take the Medical Graduate Examination Abroad (FMGE) to practice in India and obtain a license. After that, one must qualify for the FMG exam.

Ritvik Varshney, who was studying medicine in his fourth year in Kharkiv, Ukraine, told IANS that “we are now forced to sit on a fast, we have been in India for three months but so far no decision has been made. was taken from the government side about our studies. The government ministers who came to receive us promised that we would also ensure your future.

“So far we haven’t received any kind of news about our future, if the government gives us a stipulated time frame, then we should feel a bit satisfied. But that hasn’t happened. One of our delegations also went to the NMC, but there too we did not get a satisfactory answer,” he said.

He added, “Students who only had the last few months left of their studies suddenly had to go home, and then they fell into depression. We have already submitted our demands to deputies, deputies and other officials; we also protested. But now we are forced to go on a hunger strike.”

On Friday, students and their family members demonstrated outside the gates of the National Medical Commission’s central office in Delhi. Pankaj Dheeraj, National Secretary General of PAUMS, said: “We have all been asking the Prime Minister for two and a half months to provide them with future medical training in the country itself, in a peaceful way. Now the government should take our peaceful protest seriously.”

“On Sunday, medical students across the country will start a ‘fast’ at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. On the PIL in the Supreme Court as well, the central government is to file a positive and humanitarian response on June 29,” it said. -he declares. said.

He added: “In the midst of the disaster of the war between Ukraine and Russia, about three months ago, the students returned home after saving their lives, the government helped bring them here. , but now the government will have to think about continuing their education. They should be offered medical studies in India itself.”

The number of students varies by state in the country – Delhi has 150 medical students who have returned home due to the war in Ukraine, Haryana 1,400, Himachal Pradesh 482, Odisha 570, Kerala 3,697, Maharashtra 1,200 , Karnataka 760, Uttar Pradesh 2,400, Uttarakhand 280, Bihar 1,050, Gujarat 1,300, Punjab 549, Jharkhand 184 and West Bengal 392.

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