Published: 14th March 2022
Gov't must facilitate continued education of Ukraine-evacuated medical students in India: PIL in Supreme Court
The petition filed in the apex court says that the government has done a tremendous job in bringing Indian students back home, but the students are being deprived of education
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions on the issue of admission and continuation of studies by medical students who were evacuated from war-hit Ukraine. The plea also sought directions to the Centre to provide a medical subject equivalency orientation programme for admitting them in the Indian curriculum. The plea filed by advocate Rana Sandeep Bussa and others said that their writ petition seeks to invoke the most salient fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 – the protection of life and personal liberty.
Since the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine and the return of students from Ukraine, multiple petitions are being filed in high courts and the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre to facilitate the continuation of studies of Indian medical students, who have returned from Ukraine, in domestic colleges. A petition has also been filed by Pravasi Legal Cell before the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Centre in this regard.
The petition filed in the apex court, as reported by news agency PTI, says that the union government has done a tremendous job in bringing Indian students back home, but they are being deprived of their fundamental right to education. It stated that the government has to step in and provide the necessary integration of these students into the Indian medical curriculum.
“A lot of Indian students studying in Ukraine have been displaced from their medical universities and are forced to leave behind their medical courses in between and this war has caused the Indian medical students huge financial, mental, physical hardship including academic breakdown”, the plea said, according to PTI.
The plea also said the National Medical Commission has allowed foreign medical graduates to complete their internship in India due to the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, “so in this backdrop, the government must consider the plight of these medical students.”