Relief for Indian students as Ukrainian medical universities start online courses

Several Ukrainian medical universities have launched online courses, giving a ray of hope to Indian students who feared a bleak future after fleeing the war-torn country amid a fierce Russian military offensive. However, some students fear that they will not be able to attend the practical lessons. Several medical universities, mostly located in western Ukraine, started online classes from Monday as holding physical classes in Ukraine became impossible amid continuous shelling by Russian forces. Other universities are also planning to resume online classes in the coming days, according to Indian students.

Some of the medical faculties including Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University, Vinnytsia Pirogov National Medical University and Bogomolets National Medical University have started online courses from Monday. Indian students said their teachers were taking lessons from their homes or in safe places amid the continuous shelling.

Kanishk, a first-year student at Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, said he was relieved that classes had resumed as there were uncertainties about their future. “Something is better than nothing. I’m glad classes have finally resumed. We were really worried about what would happen to our future now that Ukraine is engaged in a war with Russia,” Kanishk said. at PTI Kanishk said he and other students received notice from the dean’s office about resuming classes starting March 14. As of today, the university is functioning and ready to resume l ‘education online,'” the notification reads.

Another freshman, Manogya, said classes resumed on Monday and called it a “very emotional” moment. “The teachers have become very emotional. We talked a bit about the war. classes have resumed,” she said.

Giving details of the classes, she said: “We had four classes yesterday from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also today we have several courses. The timetable has been provided to us. It’s good and I’m happy to see the effort of the teachers even in these times.”

Thousands of Indian students had to abandon their studies halfway through and flee Ukraine following the Russian offensive. As part of the Indian government’s Operation Ganga, more than 20,000 Indian students have already been brought back from Ukraine. “We know that (online courses) is not enough. But it’s even better because finally we can resume our studies,” said Kinjal Chauhan, a medical student from Vinnytsia National Pirogov. Students have also been informed that their exams will also be conducted online. test at a site called Misa,” Manogya said.

Kharkiv National Medical University is expected to start online classes from March 21. “Our university has announced that online classes will start from March 21. It is good news that classes are resuming,” he added. However, a major concern among students is still not being able to attend practical classes.

“Practical lessons have not taken place so far. Teachers give presentations and show us slides to ensure maximum understanding. They also record videos of chemical reactions so we can understand better,” Kanishk said.

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