Supreme Court directs NMC to find solutions to accommodate Indian students retuning from Ukraine and China
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The matter regarding the accommodation of Indian students who have returned due to the COVID-19 lockdown in China and the Ukraine-Russia War was heard by a bench comprising of Justices BR Gavai and Vikram Nath. The matter was heard on December 9, 2022.
Earlier on the Centre had started the Academic Mobility Programme was Ukraine returned students which suggested that students would be allowed to move to neighbouring countries to complete their education and the degree would be awarded by the parent institution in Ukraine. However, many Indian students have still struggled to find a way to restart their education.
The petitions filed by the students stated that those who have completed their academic training wish to appear for practical training. Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati stated that practical training is of utmost importance when it comes to medical education and that academic studies “cannot take the colour” of practical training.
She further submitted that the decision of not accommodating these students has been taken after consultation from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of External Affairs.
Supreme Court agreed to the Centre argument of academic training cannot be put on the same lines as practical training, however, it urged the Union of India to look for solutions to help the students and their families.
“The parents of the students must have spent a huge amount in the study and if no solution is found, their entire career could be left in the lurch apart from families put at sufferance,” stated the apex court.
Supreme Court has asked the Central Government to set up a committee of experts who would work towards finding a solution of the students.