Final-year MBBS students of Ukrainian universities to get degree without exam: Report

Ukraine Crisis: The Ukraine government has cancelled the mandatory licensing exam KROK for final-year MBBS students, postponed it for third-year students.

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Vagisha Kaushik | March 22, 2022 | 02:23 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Now, the final-year MBBS students who were studying in Ukrainian universities will get a MBBS degree without appearing for a mandatory licensing exam, the Times of India reported. The Ukrainian government has cancelled the KROK exam which is mandatory for students to get a medical license in view of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

In Ukraine, the duration of an MBBS course is 6 years. Medical students studying in various programmes have to appear for two exams - KROK 1 in third year and KROK 2 in final year in order to get qualified as a doctor, dentist, or pharmacist, the report said.

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According to a notification reportedly uploaded on the official portal of the Ukraine government, it has postponed KROK 1 and cancelled KROK 2 exam.

Now, the final year students who returned to India will only have to appear for the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam (FMGE) conducted by the National Board of Examination in Medical Sciences (NBEMS).

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Meanwhile, several Ukrainian medical universities have started online classes, giving a ray of hope to the Indian students who feared a bleak future after fleeing the war-torn country amid a fierce Russian military offensive. Some students are, however, concerned about not being able to attend practical classes.

Recently, plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions on the issue of admission and continuation of studies in the country by Indian medical students who were recently evacuated from war-hit Ukraine. The plea also sought directions to the Centre to provide a medical subject equivalency orientation programme for admitting them in the Indian curriculum.

Thousands of Indian students had to leave their studies mid-way and flee Ukraine following the Russian invasion. As part of the Indian government's Operation Ganga, over 20,000 Indian students have already been brought back from Ukraine.

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