Published: 24th July 2022
Sense of disappointment among Ukraine-returned students, help them, urges Tamil Nadu CM Stalin in a letter to PM Modi
The Chief Minister pointed out that since the beginning of the conflict, around 2,000 medical students from Ukraine have returned to Tamil Nadu, one of the largest numbers among all Indian states
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Ukraine-returned students and the continuation of their education. He stated that the Centre should facilitate the continuation of studies either in domestic or foreign colleges for them.
Noting the Centre's immediate evacuation of Ukraine students while coordinating with the states, the Chief Minister, in the same letter, shared that there is a 'sense of disappointment' among students that similar concrete steps have not been taken by the Union government as regards continuance of their studies.
"I would therefore request you to direct the NMC (National Medical Commission) and the Union Ministries concerned to initiate steps to bring in necessary amendments in the relevant Central Acts, to enable these students to continue their studies in medical colleges in India," he said.
"If this is difficult, necessary steps need to be immediately taken to provide students with an alternative option to continue their studies in foreign universities," Stalin said.
"Considering the delay which has already happened, I request your urgent intervention in this regard. I assure you that the Tamil Nadu government will offer its full cooperation to all the efforts taken by you on this issue," the letter stated.
The Chief Minister pointed out that since the beginning of the conflict, around 2,000 medical students from Ukraine have returned to Tamil Nadu, one of the largest numbers among all the states in the country.
Given the current situation in Ukraine, it may not be practically possible for these medical students to immediately return to their colleges and the uncertainty is likely to prevail even after the cessation of hostilities, he said.
"Considering this, our State has been repeatedly urging you to take necessary steps to accommodate these students in India or in suitable universities abroad," Stalin stated in the letter.