Indian students from Ukraine: Dealing with trauma of the war with their future on hold


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It has been almost two months since medical students flew home to India from the war in Ukraine. While they deal with the trauma of their war experiences, students say the struggle is far from over. According to the regulations of the National Medical Commission, they will be disqualified from working as a doctor in India unless they finish their education in the same college. Now their future hangs in limbo. Most of these students are from small-town, middle-class families and have taken loans to support their Ukraine education.

In this episode of The Suno India Show, host Suryatapa Mukherjee speaks to students Mohammed Mahtab Raza from East Champaran, Bihar; Satya from Delhi and Prajjwal Singwal from Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand.

Guidelines for registration of Foreign Medical Graduates | NMC
Ukraine crisis: NMC allows foreign medical graduates to complete internship in India – Hindustan Times
SC asks NMC to help MBBS students hit by Ukraine crisis, coronavirus pandemic | The Indian Express
West Bengal: Students from Ukraine to attend practicals in 17 medical colleges | TOI
Karnataka: Medical students from Ukraine to continue studies in 60 state colleges | The Indian Express
Poland and Hungary lend a helping hand to medical students in Ukraine | TOI

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1. Escaping the war (00:00:12)

2. Why Ukraine for medical degree (00:03:35)

3. Pre-war life in Ukraine (00:04:38)

4. Experiences of war (00:07:08)

5. Witnessing the war in online classes (00:11:42)

6. Future options: Going back to Ukraine (00:14:34)

7. Studying in Ukraine’s neighbours (00:16:02)

8. NMC rules for foreign medical degree (00:18:00)

9. Talking with central government (00:19:54)

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