The Central government on Tuesday, March 28, informed Supreme Court that medical students who returned to India from Ukraine will get a chance to appear for the MBBS final (part 1 and part 2) examinations including both theory and practical without enrolling in any existing medical colleges. The Central government evacuated over 18,000 Indian medical students under 'Operation Ganga' during February-March 2022 from the war-hit Ukraine.
Earlier, the Centre told the Supreme Court that it cannot accommodate the medical students who have returned from Ukraine due to war there, in Indian medical institutes or universities. Centre said that it will disrupt the entire medical education system in India. The Supreme Court asked the Centre to provide assistance to these students.
While the majority of these students who came back to India are still looking for ways to complete their medical education in India, some have been left to fend for themselves and some managed to bag their licenses to practice medicine in India. As per the reports, over 70 Ukraine-returned Indian medical students have passed the NBE's Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) organised in December 2022.