13 Apr 2023

Relief To Indian Medical Students Who Fled War-Torn Ukraine, They Can Now Take Qualification Exam In India


New Delhi: In big relief to thousands of Indian medical students who fled Ukraine in February last year following the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Emine Dzhaparova, who was visiting India, has conveyed that Ukraine will allow foreign medical students to take the Unified State Qualification Exam in their country of domicile.

She mentioned this during her bilateral talks with Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West), MEA.

Over 20,000 Indians, mostly medical students, were evacuated from Ukraine post the February 24, 2022 invasion by Russia. Most of them had to leave their studies mid-way, affecting their future prospects. With the Ukraine conflict continuing, the Indian students have been at a loss on what to do.


Rebuilding infrastructure in Ukraine


The Ukrainian Deputy FM also proposed that rebuilding infrastructure in Ukraine could be an opportunity for Indian companies. Secretary (West) shared that India has provided medicines, medical equipments and would provide school buses etc. to Ukraine.

Ms. Dzhaparova also called on Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Meenakshi Lekhi. Besides holding discussion on a wide range of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest, she handed over a letter from President Zelenskyy, addressed to Prime Minister Modi. 


Ukrainian request for additional humanitarian supply, including medicines and medical equipments, was also shared by her. It was agreed that the next Inter-Governmental Commission between the two countries would be held in India on a mutually convenient date.


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