Ukrainian universities ask Indians to return or join transfer programs

Ukrainian university authorities want Indian students to resume their classes, asking them to either return to campus despite the risks, temporarily join online classes, or enroll in universities in other countries.

Some universities, which are in the most affected war zones and whose facilities have been significantly damaged, are opting for the latter option: asking students to take “mobility” or transfer programs. Ukrainian universities have linked up with some institutes in the rest of Europe where they will continue to study as exchange students.

As the next semester for most Ukrainian universities starts on September 1, students have until next week to pay fees and make a decision. Some universities also told students that they had written to the National Medical Council (NCM) in India as well as the Indian Embassy in Ukraine. These universities said they had not received clarification on the decision regarding medical students returning to Ukraine or the validity of continuing online classes.

Dr Audhoot Nidgude, a representative of MD House in Maharashtra, said options to continue online courses or mobility to other countries were being considered, but did not give further details. MD House is an agency that recruits students for the Bokovinian State Medical University (BSMU) in Chernivtsi, which has more than 1,800 Indian students.

However, a few BSMU students have shared a letter with The Indian Express stating that the university is resuming classes in offline mode for those who can come to Ukraine while online mode will be offered to those who cannot return there for the moment.

“We recommend transit visas through neighboring countries of the Chernivtsi region, such as Moldova or Romania, to arrive at BSMU. Tuition fees must be paid until August 26, which indicates the students’ decision to continue their studies at our university,” the letter reads.

A student from the Taras Shevchenko National Medical University in Kyiv, one of the affected areas, also confirmed that he informed students about the resumption of offline classes. The university also said that it is also trying to organize mobility programs in Georgia or Poland.

BSMU, in their letter, acknowledged that there are restrictions on online education in some countries, but they still do not know the official position of the NMC or the Indian government, although they have written to them.

Kharkiv National Medical University (KNMU) students said the official partner for recruiting Indian students to the university, Bob Trade Education Group, had offered a transfer.

Mudit Mehrotra, a third-year student at KNMU who is currently in his hometown of Varanasi, said the agency should transfer students to Georgia. “The process is ongoing and is expected to continue until mid-October, which means we can get going by then,” Mehrotra said.

However, even as students from other universities still grapple with uncertainties, Pranjal Kaushik, who is studying at Dnipro State Medical University and is currently in Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, said that a certain number of options had been
offered by the university.

“They offered us four formats; one option is to pursue online studies at university while remaining in the same country of residence. A second option is a blended form of study if we plan to go to Dnipro, which involves online theory lessons and practical lessons. A third format is a form of mixed education with the participation of foreign partner universities and the fourth option is to study at a partner university under an academic mobility program for one or two semesters,” he said. he declares.

Helen D. Jessen