Medical students study in China Universities stage protest in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Several Indian students pursuing MBBS studies in Chinese universities staged a protest outside the Kerala secretariat on Saturday to demand recognition of their physical training in India.

The protest was held under the banner of the Foreign Medical Graduates Parents Association (FMGPA) – an association of parents of medical students in foreign countries.

Forced to return to India after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the medical students have since been unable to return to their host countries and have continued their physical training in public and private hospitals in the state.

Stuck in their home country due to the unavailability of visas from Chinese authorities, Indian students have resorted to completing their courses using online courses.

“We were forced to come back from China in January 2020. It has been two years since we took online courses. We don’t know if the Indian government will accept us with these online courses. Most of us are doing internships in various public and private hospitals in Kerala but are not recognized,” Murshid Aleen, a fourth-year medical student at Yangzhou University, told ANI.

Anxious over the uncertainty of their return, students at the protest held signs highlighting their fate. (ANI)

Worried about repaying their loans and completing their studies, the students said they communicated their problems to the central government through an online portal – Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS).

“We are helpless right now. We need a certificate from the government that we go to hospitals for a certain period and we get the observation from some departments,” Aleen said.

He further pointed out that China is currently facing another wave of COVID-19 and said the situation there is becoming “more critical”.

FMGPA Vice President Subair MC said the students wanted permission from the Kerala government and the Indian government to get their certificates to consider their education “valid”.

Anxious over the uncertainty of their return, students at the protest held signs highlighting their fate. One of the placards draws a comparison between these medical students and those who returned from Ukraine, following Russian military operations, also demanding urgent government intervention in their problems.

“Chinese students face the same difficulties as Ukrainian students. Please don’t forget us,” it read.

Last month, the Delhi High Court issued an opinion to the Center and the National Medical Council (NMC) regarding a plea submitted by students seeking instructions from the NMC to allow physical training in India of Indian students studying medicine. in China, who are stuck in their home country. India, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Claimants, 147 medical students from Ningbo University (China) claim to have returned to India in early 2020 (January to March) and thereafter have been stranded in their home country India since then in due to the non-availability of visas. from the Chinese authorities.

The Bench of Justice Division DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh had requested a central government response through the Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and of the National Medical Council and had registered the case on March 21, 2022.