The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday turned to the Centre seeking details of those medical students of Ukraine who chose the academic mobility programme under which they could resume their courses in universities or colleges of other countries.
The Centre replied by saying that it cannot accommodate the medical students studying in universities of Ukraine, who have arrived to the country due to war there, in Indian medical institutes or universities as it “would disrupt the entire medical education system” here.
A bench of justices Aniruddha Bose and Vikram Nath questioned the Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, representing Centre, to file an affidavit highlighting the details of the number of medical students who have been adjusted in third countries and how the process is going there.
Bhati answered to the court that the Centre has already filed its affidavit and had underlined that with the assistance of the Ministry of External Affairs, the National Medical Council (NMC) issued a notice dated September 6 under which an academic mobility programme was started under which the NMC would accept completion of their remaining courses in other nations (with the approval of parent university/institution in Ukraine).
The top court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by undergraduate medical students of first to fourth-year batches in their respective foreign medical colleges/universities.