West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to accommodate medical students who returned from Ukraine in Indian colleges. Banerjee, who met the students who had returned to West Bengal from the war-torn country, urged the PM to relax norms for them as it is an “extraordinary situation”.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, he made several suggestions, including allowing deserving students to do internships in government medical colleges. “For other students…, they may be allowed to be admitted to private medical colleges at an equivalent level against the existing seats and these medical colleges may be allowed to increase the number of seats to an equivalent level,” the letter said. Is.”
As students who returned from Ukraine did not clear NEET, the national level exam for admission to medical colleges, Banerjee suggested that the relevant guidelines be relaxed “as a very special case” to accommodate them. He said, “Private medical colleges in the state have agreed to accommodate these students on the state quota fees. The West Bengal government also decided to provide financial assistance to these students to meet the expenses on their course fees. Is.” In the three-page letter, Banerjee wrote, “I also request you that students who have returned from other states are also facing similar problems, steps can be taken by NMC (National Medical Commission) in other states.” can also be applied for. Modi.
Medical education in the country is regulated by the NMC. Banerjee on Wednesday met 391 students pursuing medical and engineering studies in Ukraine. They returned due to war and now face an uncertain future.
Top officials including Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi were present in the meeting. “Today we will write to the National Medical Commission (NMC) seeking permission to allow you to do internship in government medical colleges in West Bengal. We will also give a stipend for the same,” Banerjee told the students during an interaction here. He directed the state health secretary to go to Delhi and hand over the letter to the NMC and get permission from there.
Banerjee said she herself may go to the national capital to pursue the matter, adding that if the NMC accepts the proposal, it will set an example for students from other states who are in similar circumstances. He urged private medical colleges to help the students.
The CM said that after getting permission from the NMC, his government would arrange special courses for the first, second and third year medical students. As per the norms, a foreign medical graduation course seeker should complete it from the same institution within 10 years from the date of joining the course and throughout the course of study including training and internship. The Chief Minister told the engineering students that the government would also look into their affairs.