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Wednesday, April 24 2024

Vijayapura: Ukraine returned students can complete medical course

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Vijayapura: Last month, Vividha Mallikarjunmath, one of the medical students who had returned to India from Ukraine after the war broke out, flew to Georgia to complete her medical course.

Vividha, a native of Vijayapura City, was in her fourth year of medical course when Russia waged war against Ukraine which forced the medical students to leave their course in the middle and travel to their home countries.

After nearly ten months of waiting, students like Vividha finally got the opportunity to continue their studies and complete the medical course.

But, the resumption of the course does not come easy as the students will have to continue their studies in one of the 16 countries identified by the Ukraine government where they have entered an agreement to provide educational facilities to medical students.

“We were in regular touch with the Ukraine government to know the efforts being made by the government to ensure the continuation of the medical course which got discontinued because of the war. After months of waiting, we got information that the Ukraine government has entered an agreement with around 16 neighbouring countries which are ready to allow the students to continue their medical course in their colleges,” Vividha said over the video call from Georgia where is presently staying.

She said that of those sixteen countries, he decided to choose Georgia as the cost of living there is a bit cheaper compared to the other countries.

She said that according to her information, there are at least thirty such students of Karnataka who have opted to continue their medical course in different countries selected by the Ukrainian government.

Vividha will now have to stay for nearly two years in Georgia to complete her education before returning to India.

But her venture to select Georgia to resume her studies has come at a big price.

“I will have to pay more money for the resumption of my daughter in Georgia. My lakhs of rupees and months of the time of my daughter could have been saved if the course would have been completed in Ukraine itself,” said Allamaprabhu Mallikarjunmath, the father of Vividha.

He said that the total expenditure including fees and other expenses was coming at around Rs. 50 lakh if Vividha had studied in Ukraine.

“But now the money will come to nearly Rs. 80 lakh as the Georgian college is taking an additional fee for continuation of the course,” he said.

Though he is happy that at least it will help his daughter to complete the course, he is dismayed with the Indian government for doing nothing to help the students to continue their studies in India itself.

“The government should have taken some initiative. If required, it could have come up with some new laws to help the students. After all, the students will come back to serve the people of India only”, he said.

He, however, said that while persons like him can afford additional financial burden but not all parents are in such a position. “Some parents could have afforded to send their children to Ukraine for studies. But now they will find it too hard to pay additional fees to send their children to different countries to continue their studies. Had the government of India helped the students, it would have saved money for parents and the dream of students to become doctors would have been completed, Mallikarjunmath said.

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