By Express press service

CHENNAI: A day after the Center told the Supreme Court that medical students who have returned from Ukraine cannot be accommodated in Indian colleges due to lack of provisions under the law, the Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urging him to reconsider the decision.

Stalin urged the Center to accommodate these students in private medical faculties (increasing the number of places as a one-time measure) if they could not be admitted to government faculties. He said the external affairs committee of Lok Sabha had recommended that the students be accommodated in medical colleges in India.

Since these students have sought to study in Ukraine due to their inability to afford the higher fees in private medical colleges in India, special dispensation may be considered in the form of a comparable fee structure in medical colleges private medical schools in India, similar to fees paid by overseas students. This will allow affected students to continue their studies, he said.

He also asked the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to identify overseas colleges and universities suitable for such medical students under the academic mobility scheme.

“This process of identifying suitable colleges and welcoming our students needs to be coordinated centrally rather than leaving it up to individual students to research colleges in various countries. A proper framework may well be put in place for this process,” Stalin said.

CHENNAI: A day after the Center told the Supreme Court that medical students who have returned from Ukraine cannot be accommodated in Indian colleges due to lack of provisions under the law, the Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urging him to reconsider the decision. Stalin urged the Center to accommodate these students in private medical faculties (increasing the number of places as a one-time measure) if they could not be admitted to government faculties. He said the external affairs committee of Lok Sabha had recommended that the students be accommodated in medical colleges in India. Since these students have sought to study in Ukraine due to their inability to afford the higher fees in private medical colleges in India, special dispensation may be considered in the form of a comparable fee structure in medical colleges private medical schools in India, similar to fees paid by overseas students. This will allow affected students to continue their studies, he said. He also asked the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to identify overseas colleges and universities suitable for such medical students under the academic mobility scheme. “This process of identifying suitable colleges and welcoming our students needs to be coordinated centrally rather than leaving it up to individual students to research colleges in various countries. A proper framework may well be put in place for this process,” Stalin said.