Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee asked the medical students back from war-torn Ukraine not to be “depressed or upset.” Discussing about their future, she said the Bengal government will make arrangements for medical internships at government medical college and even provide with a stipend.
In a meeting with the students who returned from Ukraine, Mamata on Wednesday said that the first year students who want to start afresh in the state can get medical education in Bengal. According to her, approximately 391 have returned to West Bengal from Ukraine.
“For second and third year students, we will seek permission from medical council that they be allowed to study at private medical colleges,” said Mamata.
Those in fourth, fifth and sixth year, Mamata said her government will write to the medical council that they be allowed to practice in Bengal.
“Since there are fewer government colleges, we will seek permission from medical council so that we can offer scholarships. This way, the students can study at private colleges,” the Bengal CM said.
For the engineering students, who have left Ukraine, Mamata said the Bengal government will arrange for their education in the state at a nominal cost.
Mamata also has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to accommodate Indian medical students who returned from Ukraine in colleges across the country. She appealed to the PM to allow those students who returned from Ukraine for internship in the government medical colleges and admission in private colleges across India.
Mamata also gave a few suggestions for the Modi government and said “students who are eligible for the internship, should be “allowed to undergo the internship in government medical colleges of the state and they will also paid the stipend at par with other candidates as per the current guidelines of NMC (National Medical Commission.”